Two New Publications by the PRC's Texas Policy Evaluation Project

Fri, August 11, 2017
Two New Publications by the PRC's Texas Policy Evaluation Project
New publications by TxPEP!

A new TxPEP study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology identifies unmet demand for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)—IUDs and implants, and permanent contraception—sterilization and vasectomy. The study assessed the types of contraception publicly insured women would prefer to use after delivery and found a much higher percentage of women prefer LARC and sterilization than the percentage of women who actually use these methods, suggesting health care system-level barriers to accessing preferred contraception.

Read the full press release here. To see the Obstetrics & Gynecology abstract page, click here. For a copy of the article PDF, please contact Laura Dixon at ldixon@prc.utexas.edu.

TxPEP has also published a paper in Women's Health Issues entitled "Prevalence and Predictors of Prenatal and Postpartum Contraceptive Counseling in Two Texas Cities." The paper focuses on 803 postpartum women in Austin and El Paso. The authors found that only one-half of the women had received any prenatal contraceptive counseling, and 13% and 37% received counseling on both IUDs and implants prenatally and postpartum, respectively. Almost 20% of women who received prenatal counseling on IUDs and implants were discouraged from using them, largely based on inaccurate medical advice. Furthermore, the study found that women with private insurance were less likely to receive counseling for IUDs and implants than publicly insured women.

The authors recommend that providers implement evidence-based prenatal and postpartum contraceptive counseling to ensure women can make informed choices and access their preferred method of postpartum contraception.

Read the full paper here.

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