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Family planning and life planning reproductive intentions among individuals seeking reproductive health care.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18485738     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Little research has focused on men and women's reproductive intentions before pregnancy and their perceived personal and social motivations to prevent an unintended pregnancy. METHODS: To assess the reproductive intentions of low-income men and women in California, we asked individuals seeking reproductive health services about their plans for childbearing, including an ideal timeframe and perceived advantages of delay. We also asked about their health care visit to examine how contraceptive use and services relate to reproductive intentions. RESULTS: The majority (77%) of the 1,409 reproductive health clients surveyed wanted to have a/another child, but hoped to delay childbearing by an average of 5.4 years. The most common reasons for wanting to delay pregnancy were related to finances (24%) or education (19%), with differences by race/ethnicity and gender. We did not observe a clear relationship between the length of time the client wanted to delay pregnancy and the type of contraceptive method dispensed during the clinic visit. CONCLUSIONS: Individuals seeking reproductive health care perceive many personal benefits to planning and timing their pregnancies, and most will need many years of contraceptive protection to achieve their reproductive goals. Providers should work with their patients to ensure that they receive a contraceptive method that is consistent with the length of pregnancy prevention they desire.
Diana G Foster; M Antonia Biggs; Lauren J Ralph; Abigail Arons; Claire D Brindis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-05-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1049-3867     ISO Abbreviation:  Womens Health Issues     Publication Date:    2008 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-08     Completed Date:  2008-12-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9101000     Medline TA:  Womens Health Issues     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  351-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bixby Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94110, USA.
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MeSH Terms
California / epidemiology
Contraception Behavior / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Family Planning Services / organization & administration*
Health Education / statistics & numerical data
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Services Accessibility / economics,  statistics & numerical data*
Life Style
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data

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