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Contraceptive consultations: A cross-sectional study of Norwegian women's experiences and opinions
 
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Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway, Kongsberg, Norway
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Akershus University Hospital, Nordbyhagen, Norway
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Institute of Nursing and Health Promotion, Faculty of Health Sciences, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Mirjam Lukasse   

Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway, 3603 Kongsberg, Norway
Publish date: 2019-06-26
Submission date: 2018-12-19
Final revision date: 2019-05-22
Acceptance date: 2019-06-02
 
Eur J Midwifery 2019;3(June):12
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*Contributed equally
ABSTRACT
Introduction:
Access to contraceptive consultations and the content of these consultations are important to achieve a safe and satisfying sexual life and successful reproduction when desired. The aim of this study was to investigate Norwegian women’s experiences of and opinions on contraceptive consultations.

Methods:
We conducted a cross-sectional study with a questionnaire distributed via Facebook with 1917 respondents of age ≥15 years. Descriptive analyses were used.

Results:
Few women found it hard to access consultations (5%). Across all age groups, side effects were the most common topic that women (69%) wanted more information about. Concern about side effects was also the most frequent reason given (27%) for not using hormonal contraceptives. Among women aged 25–34 years, 54% wanted to know more about different available contraceptives. The majority of women deemed issues of sexual wellbeing important to address during a contraceptive consultation. Few women reported that these topics had been raised. Just under half of the women found it appropriate to see a midwife for contraceptive/sexual health consultations. Only one-third knew that midwives can prescribe and administer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).

Conclusions:
Women want contraceptive consultations to include more information on side effects and available hormonal contraceptives. Women want to be asked about their sexual health and wellbeing during contraceptive consultations. Women should be made aware that midwives can provide contraceptive services including LARCs.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none was reported.
FUNDING
There was no source of funding for this research.
PROVENANCE AND PEER REVIEW
Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
 
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