Contraceptive counseling for women who undergo bariatric surgery

Sheila K. Mody, Michele R. Hacker, Laura E. Dodge, Kim Thornton, Benjamin Schneider, Sadia Haider

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Background: Women are counseled to avoid becoming pregnant for 12-24 months after bariatric surgery. The aim of this study was to assess contraceptive counseling and use in women who undergo bariatric surgery. Methods: A self-administered survey was completed by women aged 18-45 years at a postoperative clinic visit >2 months after bariatric surgery at an urban teaching hospital. Results: Of the 69 respondents, 94.2% knew to avoid pregnancy for at least 12 months after surgery. However, 16.3% did not use any contraception 2-12 months after surgery. The most common contraceptive methods used were condoms (30.6%) and oral contraceptives (16.3%). Longer-acting reversible contraceptives were used less frequently; for example, only 4% of women used intrauterine devices. Only 21.2% of respondents were referred to an obstetrician/gynecologist for contraceptive counseling. Conclusions: Many women who undergo bariatric surgery are not using very effective contraceptive methods or any contraception. There is a clear opportunity to improve counseling and increase use of more effective contraception in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1785-1788
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Volume20
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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Bariatric Surgery
Contraceptive Agents
Contraception
Counseling
Intrauterine Devices
Urban Hospitals
Condoms
Ambulatory Care
Oral Contraceptives
Teaching Hospitals
Pregnancy
Population
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Mody, S. K., Hacker, M. R., Dodge, L. E., Thornton, K., Schneider, B., & Haider, S. (2011). Contraceptive counseling for women who undergo bariatric surgery. Journal of Women's Health, 20(12), 1785-1788. https://doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2010.2704

Contraceptive counseling for women who undergo bariatric surgery. / Mody, Sheila K.; Hacker, Michele R.; Dodge, Laura E.; Thornton, Kim; Schneider, Benjamin; Haider, Sadia.

In: Journal of Women's Health, Vol. 20, No. 12, 01.12.2011, p. 1785-1788.

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Mody, SK, Hacker, MR, Dodge, LE, Thornton, K, Schneider, B & Haider, S 2011, 'Contraceptive counseling for women who undergo bariatric surgery', Journal of Women's Health, vol. 20, no. 12, pp. 1785-1788. https://doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2010.2704
Mody, Sheila K. ; Hacker, Michele R. ; Dodge, Laura E. ; Thornton, Kim ; Schneider, Benjamin ; Haider, Sadia. / Contraceptive counseling for women who undergo bariatric surgery. In: Journal of Women's Health. 2011 ; Vol. 20, No. 12. pp. 1785-1788.
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