The indirect costs of the pandemic: disruption to contraception services and rise in unplanned pregnancies in the UK

 By Dr Neerujah Balachandren and Dr Jennifer Hall One year into the pandemic, the U.N. Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency (UNFPA) estimated 12 million women in low and middle-income countries may have been unable to access family planning services. 1 It has been estimated that as many as 1.4 million unplanned pregnancies may have occurred […]

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Keeping race on the agenda shouldn’t continue to fall on the shoulders of Black and minoritised people

By Rianna Raymond-Williams and Uzochi Nwaosu “The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.” — Ijeoma Oluo  Just over a year ago, I […]

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What constitutes a ‘positive’ contraceptive experience?

By CERT (Contraception Education Reform Team) CERT (Contraception Education Reform Team) are a student-led policy research group based at the University of Edinburgh. We aim to improve contraceptive care and education for all contraceptive users through research and policy-based change. Our research team, comprising of multidisciplinary university students from across the UK and Europe, was […]

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“As the COVID-19 pandemic shifts the architecture of choice in abortion care, we must continue to accommodate patient preferences.”

By Rebecca Blaylock and Dr Shelly Makleff Our new research1 shows what factors contribute to shaping people’s preferences for the sort of abortion they want. For example, patients may be influenced by a previous good abortion experience they hope to emulate again, they may be worried about privacy issues in shared housing, or they might […]

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Exploring the toxic relationship between mental illness and miscarriage

By Ray Jerram Dr Nathan Hodson Miscarriage and mental illness are common but often hidden life experiences. Emerging evidence reveals the toxic symbiotic relationship between these two stigmatized parts of life. To some extent their connection may be unsurprising, considering how we increasingly recognise the pervasiveness of psychiatric issues, as well as the trauma of […]

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Postal semen testing after vasectomy increases compliance

By Dr. Melanie Atkinson Vasectomy offers non-reversible contraception to men but efficacy is not immediate and requires examination of a semen sample post-vasectomy to confirm successful occlusion of the vasa deferentia so that other methods of contraception can be discontinued. This post-vasectomy semen analysis (PVSA) was, in the past, always completed on fresh specimens examined […]

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US abortion rights under attack: before, during, and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

By Malia Maier, Goleen Samari, and Terry McGovern In 1973, in Roe v. Wade, the United States (US) Supreme Court affirmed that access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right. However, abortion rights in the US have since been under fierce attack. In the 48 years since Roe, state legislatures have enacted 1,320 […]

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Crisis Pregnant Centers Are Not Essential Healthcare, Yet Stayed Open As COVID-19 Spread in the U.S.

By Jenifer McKenna, Tara Murtha, Kim C. Clark, Christy L. Hall, Wendy Lee Basgall, Amy C. Poyer and Laura E. Dodge In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly spread across the United States, a singular question emerged: What are essential services? The answer to this critical question shaped COVID-19 response efforts and the trajectory […]

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