Contessa: A Longitudinal Study of Contraception Discontinuation

Wellings, K. et al. (2011) Contessa: A Longitudinal Study of Contraception Discontinuation. Technical Report. NatCen, London,UK.

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Contraceptive use in England is high, yet unintended pregnancy is common. Evidence from termination of pregnancy studies suggest that stopping or switching to a different (and often less reliable) method of contraception are major contributors to unintended pregnancies. However, unlike other countries there is very little data on the frequency, patterns and reasons for stopping or switching contraceptive use in England, and NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines on long-acting reversible contraceptives highlight the need for data on this. While in recent years there have been large scale evaluations of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, and the factors associated with teenage pregnancy, normative contraceptive behaviour and it's consequence for women across the reproductive age range has not been addressed in a large sample in England. Contessa was designed to explore how patterns of contraceptive use and continuation by women living in England can be improved.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Technical Report)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McDaid, Professor Lisa and Buston, Dr Katie
Authors: Wellings, K., Sadler, K., Glasier, A., Mercer, C., McDaid, L., Brima, N., Stephenson, J., Buston, K., Stevens, M., Parker, R., Copas, A., and McManus, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU

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