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Risk of unintended pregnancy among women with systemic lupus erythematosus.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18512717     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: It is recommended that women with systemic lupus erythematosus carefully time their pregnancies, but little is known about use of contraception and risk of unintended pregnancy in this population. The goal of this study was to estimate the proportion of women with lupus at risk for unintended pregnancy. METHODS: We surveyed 309 women with lupus, ages 18-50 years, seen at the University of Pittsburgh lupus center between January and May 2007. RESULTS: Of the women surveyed, 212 (69%) completed the survey. In the past 3 months, 97 (46% of 212) had faced some risk of unintended pregnancy. Of these, 53 (55% of 97) reported >or=1 occasion on which they had unprotected sex and 22 (23% of 97) reported that in the last 3 months they had unprotected sex "most of the time." No women reported having used emergency contraception after unprotected sex. A desire to "discuss birth control with a health care provider at the lupus center" was reported by 22 (10% of 212) respondents and 16 (17% of 94) women <or=35 years old. CONCLUSION: Many women cared for by our lupus center are at risk of unintended pregnancy and are interested in discussing birth control with a health care provider.
Authors:
Eleanor Bimla Schwarz; Susan Manzi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Arthritis and rheumatism     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0004-3591     ISO Abbreviation:  Arthritis Rheum.     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-19     Completed Date:  2008-07-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370605     Medline TA:  Arthritis Rheum     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  863-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
University of Pittsburgh, Center for Research on Health Care, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. schwarzeb@upmc.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Female
Humans
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic*
Pregnancy
Pregnancy, Unwanted*
Unsafe Sex
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
K23-HD-051585-01/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
Comments/Corrections
Comment In:
Arthritis Rheum. 2008 Jun 15;59(6):760-1   [PMID:  18512709 ]

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