Clinical Instructor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - General
Lisa Rosas, Master's Program Advisor
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To evaluate the recent literature on mobile health applications available to patients for contraception and abortion care.RECENT FINDINGS: Women are increasingly interested in contraceptive tools utilizing mobile technology, and a majority of women expect them to be science-based. The largest number of available mobile apps supports natural family planning methods, which is recognized as the least effective contraceptive method. Many available apps cannot be relied on for accurate, science-based pregnancy prevention methods. Further, there is a paucity of data regarding use of mobile technology for women seeking or receiving abortion.SUMMARY: Further research is needed to evaluate mobile health apps and how they can best provide patient consumers with accurate, evidence-based information to support the prevention of unintended pregnancy.
View details for DOI 10.1097/GCO.0000000000000578
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Adolescents are at high risk for unintended pregnancy and rapid repeat pregnancy, both of which can be associated with negative health and social outcomes. Intrauterine device (IUD) use has been shown to decrease unintended pregnancy and rapid repeat pregnancy. Evidence supports IUD insertion postabortion and postpartum as safe and practical for nearly all women, including adolescent and young adult women. Providers of adolescent gynecology can play an important role in decreasing repeat and unintended pregnancy among adolescents by increasing access to IUDs, reducing barriers to care, and providing IUDs immediately postabortion and postpartum.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jpag.2019.05.012
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