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Contraceptive practice of women with opiate addiction in a rural centre.
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PMID:  12603439     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to explore the contraceptive practices of women in methadone treatment for opiate use in rural New South Wales and the reasons for those practices. Demographic characteristics, including age, marital status, sexual activity and contraceptive use, of all 23 women on a rural methadone program were documented. A smaller subgroup of seven women was interviewed using a semi-structured qualitative technique and issues around contraception explored in more depth. The study found that women who did not use contraception often had a low perceived risk of pregnancy for a variety of reasons including past infertility, menstrual irregularities and effect of drugs. The women had concerns about, and often felt guilty about, the effect of drug use on their children. They also had concerns about the side-effects of contraception. The study has implications for education and counselling of women when they enter drug treatment programs. Problems associated with opiate use are not just restricted to metropolitan areas but are part of rural health.
Catherine Harding; Jan Ritchie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian journal of rural health     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1038-5282     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust J Rural Health     Publication Date:  2003 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-26     Completed Date:  2003-05-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9305903     Medline TA:  Aust J Rural Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2-6     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Rural Health, PO Box 5695, University of New South Wales, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales 2650, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Attitude to Health*
Contraception / methods,  psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Contraception Behavior / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Family Planning Services
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Marital Status / statistics & numerical data
Methadone / therapeutic use
Needs Assessment
New South Wales
Opioid-Related Disorders / psychology*,  rehabilitation
Qualitative Research
Rural Health* / statistics & numerical data
Sex Education
Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
Women's Health
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