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Number of oral contraceptive pill packages dispensed and subsequent unintended pregnancies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21343759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: : To estimate how number of oral contraceptive pill packages dispensed relates to subsequent pregnancies and abortions.
METHODS: : We linked 84,401 women who received oral contraceptives through the California family planning program in January 2006 to Medi-Cal pregnancy events and births conceived in 2006. We compared pregnancy rates for women who received a 1-year supply of oral contraceptive pills, three packs, and one pack.
RESULTS: : Women who received a 1-year supply were less likely to have a pregnancy (1.2% compared with 3.3% of women getting three cycles of pills and 2.9% of women getting one cycle of pills). Dispensing a 1-year supply is associated with a 30% reduction in the odds of conceiving an unplanned pregnancy compared with dispensing just one or three packs (confidence interval [CI] 0.57-0.87) and a 46% reduction in the odds of an abortion (95% CI 0.32-0.93), controlling for age, race or ethnicity, and previous pill use.
CONCLUSION: : Making oral contraceptives more accessible may reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancy and abortion. Health insurance programs and public health programs may avert costly unintended pregnancies by increasing dispensing limits on oral contraceptives to a 1-year supply.
Diana Greene Foster; Denis Hulett; Mary Bradsberry; Philip Darney; Michael Policar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  117     ISSN:  1873-233X     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  566-72     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
From the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
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