Contraceptive counseling for women who undergo bariatric surgery

Sheila K. Mody, Michele R. Hacker, Laura E. Dodge, Kim Thornton, Benjamin Schneider, Sadia Haider

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Background: Women are counseled to avoid becoming pregnant for 12-24 months after bariatric surgery. The aim of this study was to assess contraceptive counseling and use in women who undergo bariatric surgery. Methods: A self-administered survey was completed by women aged 18-45 years at a postoperative clinic visit >2 months after bariatric surgery at an urban teaching hospital. Results: Of the 69 respondents, 94.2% knew to avoid pregnancy for at least 12 months after surgery. However, 16.3% did not use any contraception 2-12 months after surgery. The most common contraceptive methods used were condoms (30.6%) and oral contraceptives (16.3%). Longer-acting reversible contraceptives were used less frequently; for example, only 4% of women used intrauterine devices. Only 21.2% of respondents were referred to an obstetrician/gynecologist for contraceptive counseling. Conclusions: Many women who undergo bariatric surgery are not using very effective contraceptive methods or any contraception. There is a clear opportunity to improve counseling and increase use of more effective contraception in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1785-1788
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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  • Medicine(all)


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