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Women in Community Colleges Want to Use More Effective Birth Control but Face Barriers, New TxPEP Publication

Tue, March 20, 2018
Women in Community Colleges Want to Use More Effective Birth Control but Face Barriers, New TxPEP Publication
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A new TxPEP publication shows that Texas women in community colleges want to use more effective birth control but face barriers. The women cite cost and lack of insurance as top reasons for not using a more effective form of birth control. Sixty-nine percent of students reported they wanted to use a more-effective method and would use it if they could afford it or had access to insurance that covered it, but only 30 percent were actually using one.

In addition to cost barriers, women who preferred a more effective birth control method but weren’t using one reported not knowing where to get it. In fact, 41 percent of the women surveyed reported they did not have a usual source of care for reproductive health services. Many women surveyed were either uninsured (38 percent) or had public insurance (20 percent) through programs such as Medicaid/CHIP, the Texas Women’s Health Program (now Healthy Texas Women) and county indigent programs.

“Female students who have a child while in college are 65 percent more likely to drop out than students who don’t have a child during that time,” Kristine Hopkins, TxPEP investigator and lead author of the study, said. “Helping community college students get the more-effective methods of contraception that they want to use could decrease unintended births and help students complete their education.”

The research, based on a survey of almost 1,000 female students aged 18-24 at community colleges in Dallas, South Texas, and West Texas, was recently published online in the Journal of American College Health.

A five-minute presentation on the findings is available here.
Read the full study here.
Read the press release here.

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