Factors influencing women's selection of combined hormonal contraceptive methods after counselling in 11 countries: Results from a subanalysis of the CHOICE study



Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13625187.2013.819077
Field Gynaecology and obstetrics
Keywords Combined hormonal contraception; Combined oral contraceptive; Transdermal contraceptive patch; Vaginal contraceptive ring; Counselling
Description Objectives To investigate which characteristics of women and healthcare professionals (HCPs) were associated with changing to another combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC) method after contraceptive counselling. Methods CHOICE was a cross-sectional survey in which 18,787 women were counselled about combined hormonal contraceptives, during which their contraceptive methods preferred both prior to and after counselling were recorded. In this subanalysis, characteristics associated with changing the method after counselling were determined using logistic regression models. Results The probability of intending to change from the pill to another method was associated with being older; university-educated; being in a steady relationship; a prior unintended pregnancy; a younger HCP or one who recommended methods other than the pill. Changing to the patch was associated with a female HCP or a HCP who recommended the patch or an injectable. Changing to the ring was associated with being over 21 years; university-educated; being in a relationship; previous hormonal method use; and counselling by a female HCP, a HCP < 60 years old, or a HCP who recommended the ring or an implant. The country of residence influenced these changes in a complex pattern. Conclusions Women's choice of CHC methods after contraceptive counselling are influenced by their age, educational background, relationship status, prior unplanned pregnancies and country of residence, as well as age, gender and preferences of their HCP.

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