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World Contraception Day 2017

New Content ItemWorld Contraception Day (WCD) takes place on September 26th every year. To avoid unplanned pregnancy, abortions and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, conducting educational activities on the issues of sex education and family planning are essential. 

We are taking the opportunity to support World Contraception Day 2017 by sharing a selection of contraception and related articles and blog posts.

Call for Papers for our Thematic Series

Women's Midlife Health – 
Contraception and Pregnancy in Midlife: Complexities and Research Needs 


AlthoughNew Content Item fertility declines substantially by age 45, many women remain at risk of pregnancy into their fifties. Addressing the contraceptive needs, and in some cases infertility needs of women in the midlife is critical, given the health risks of unintended and desired late life pregnancies.  As well, increases in chronic conditions may contraindicate some contraceptive choices. This thematic series highlights key questions facing women and clinicians regarding pregnancy and contraceptive choices, risks and benefits during the midlife and the menopausal transition while also outlining research needs given gaps in scientific knowledge.

This thematic series is ongoing and new manuscripts will be added upon acceptance.

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Unintended pregnancy: a framework for prevention and options for midlife women in the US
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Read the Blogs

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Contraception and at risk populations

Major health disparities occur in at risk groups of women who do not have access to reliable and affordable contraception. In this World Contraception Day blog, Dr. Alicia Christy and Dr. Carolyn Sufrin highlight these at risk groups and discuss the barriers that need to be eliminated in order to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve health. [Read more]


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Contraception for midlife women: Lack of information? Interest? Investment? Or all of the above?

In recognition of World Contraception Day, Nancy Fugate Woods tells us about the latest research and information, published in the journal Women’s Midlife Health, on patterns of contraceptive use in midlife women. [Read more]


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We must acknowledge adolescents as sexual beings

As a teenager, Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli experienced shame and was often denied access when he tried to purchase condoms. Forty years later, adolescents around the world still face barriers to contraceptive access. In this blog, Dr. Chandra-Mouli discusses those barriers and how they can be overcome. [Read more]


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Why adolescent contraceptive access and use is a global issue

Why improving adolescents’ access to contraceptives and ensuring their correct use is of major importance to global health. [Read more]


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“If I carry a condom I’m judged as a whore”: Myths and misconceptions about the use of contraceptives in Kenya

This blog explores the research about peers and family members spreading inaccurate information about contraceptives and girls are directly counselled by others not to use family planning methods. [Read more]


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Contraception is key to reproductive health

The health of women and their knowledge about contraception and family planning prior to pregnancy plays vital roles in ensuring a healthy pregnancy and good health outcomes for the mother and baby. [Read more]

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