Racial disparities seen in contraceptive use

Racial disparities seen in contraceptive use

(HealthDay)—Racial disparities exist in contraceptive use, with more prominent disparities among younger women, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Christine Dehlendorf, M.D., from the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues analyzed the 2006 through 2010 National Survey of Family Growth to examine the correlation between race/ethnicity and contraceptive use. The interactions between race/ethnicity and age, parity, and history of unintended pregnancy were assessed in a sample of 7,214 women, aged 15 to 44 years.

The researchers found that blacks were less likely than whites to use any contraceptive method (adjusted odds ratio, 0.65). The likelihood of using a highly or moderately effective method was lower for blacks and Hispanics versus whites (adjusted odds ratios, 0.49 and 0.57, respectively). Racial/ethnic disparities in contraceptive use differed according to women's age, with more prominent disparities seen among .

"Interventions designed to address disparities in unintended pregnancy should focus on improving contraceptive use among younger women," the authors write.

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Attention to postpartum contraception needed

Apr 02, 2014

(HealthDay)—Women in the postpartum period should receive counseling and access to contraceptive methods to promote optimal birth spacing, according to research published in the April issue of the American Jo ...

Adjunct social media improves contraceptive knowledge

Mar 27, 2014

(HealthDay)—Use of social media in addition to standard contraceptive education is associated with improved patient contraceptive knowledge, according to research published in the April issue of Obstetrics & ...

Study links age, insurance, but not race, to chemo rates

Aug 10, 2012

(HealthDay) -- For women with breast cancer, disease characteristics correlate significantly with chemotherapy receipt, with no indication of racial barriers to treatment, according to a study published online ...

Recommended for you

Eating disorders linked to adverse perinatal outcomes

Oct 22, 2014

(HealthDay)—Maternal eating disorders are associated with adverse pregnancy, obstetric, and perinatal health outcomes, according to a study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & ...

Large variation in cesarean rates across US hospitals

Oct 21, 2014

Cesarean delivery is the most common inpatient surgery in the United States. US cesarean rates increased from 20.7% in 1996 to 32.9% in 2009 but have since stabilized, with 1.3 million American women having had a cesarean ...

User comments