Are you planning on attending one of our 2013 Contraceptive Technology Conferences this year? Do you work with women and contraceptives? You may find this article posted by NPR.org, titled “OB-GYNs Told to Look for Reproductive Coercion” to be of interest.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend women’s doctors to be on the lookout for patients whose partners are pressuring them to become pregnant, or sabotaging their efforts to use contraception.
The article posted on NPR.org by Katherine Hobson, states the following, “A 2012 survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 4.8 percent of women in the U.S. reported having had an intimate partner who tried to get them pregnant against their wishes or to stop them from using birth control. ACOG recommends that OB-GYNs routinely screen women and adolescents for coercion at annual exams and during prenatal and postpartum visits. Doctors can help affected patients conceal contraceptive methods, such as giving birth control pills in a plain envelope or using a copper IUD with the strings trimmed to prevent detection, the group says. The committee also recommends that doctors put educational materials on coercion in plain view in places such as office bathrooms and exam rooms. And doctors should see the patient alone for at least part of the visit so she can speak freely.”
As a women’s health care provider, what are your experiences in dealing with reproductive coercion? Leave a reply to this blog and let us know your thoughts.
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