The teen birth rate in 2015 dropped another 8%, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 22.3 births per 1,000 teen women aged 15 to 19 years represent another historical low over more than four decades. And the birth rate (0.2 births for 1,000) for teen girls aged 10 to 14 years is the lowest on record. The declines were seen across all race and ethnicity groups. As the birth rate dropped steadily over time, teen use of contraception rose. But there is always a but.
Women who have acquired medical abortion pills through an online telemedicine service report successful abortions with low rates of adverse effects. Our study examined outcomes of a large sample of women in Ireland and Northern Ireland who used this service, which offers telemedicine consultation with a physician and, if indicated and appropriate, prescription and postal delivery of the abortion medication. The findings have potentially far-reaching implications.
In the past, women who suffered spontaneous abortions were advised to wait at least 3 months and often 6, before attempting future pregnancies. The reasoning? “To give their bodies time to heal.” The World Health Organization has recommended delaying pregnancy for 6 months after a miscarriage to achieve optimal outcomes in the next pregnancy. The professional justification was that the time was needed for the woman (and her partner) to grieve. Does delaying a pregnancy after miscarriage really help? And come to think of it, how about delaying pregnancy after an abortion? These questions beg the further question: what is the current thinking on interpregnancy intervals in general?
The “Contraceptive Technology” conferences will help you synthesize the data and translate the evidence into clinical “pearls” you can put directly into practice. With an array of Preconferences delving into selected specialty areas of interest, plenary sessions focusing on the “hottest” topics, a thought-provoking luncheon presentation, and 30 dynamic, interactive Concurrent Sessions, including hands-on workshops…this conference is certain to improve your clinical practice and expand your network of colleagues. Read more