A qualitative analysis of women's explanations for changing contraception: the importance of non-contraceptive effects

Wigginton, Britta, Harris, Melissa L., Loxton, Deborah and Lucke, Jayne C. (2016) A qualitative analysis of women's explanations for changing contraception: the importance of non-contraceptive effects. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 42 4: 256-262. doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2015-101184


Author Wigginton, Britta
Harris, Melissa L.
Loxton, Deborah
Lucke, Jayne C.
Title A qualitative analysis of women's explanations for changing contraception: the importance of non-contraceptive effects
Journal name Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-1893
2045-2098
Publication date 2016-10-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/jfprhc-2015-101184
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 42
Issue 4
Start page 256
End page 262
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BMJ Group
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background Women commonly report changing contraceptive methods because of side-effects. However, there is a lack of literature that has thoroughly examined women's perspectives, including why they changed contraception.

Aim Using qualitative data from a contraceptive survey of young Australian women, we explored women's explanations for their recent changes in contraception.

Method A thematic analysis of 1051 responses to a question about why women recently changed contraception was conducted.

Results Themes reflected reasons for changing contraception which included: both contraceptive and non-contraceptive (4%); relationship/sexual (9%); medical (11%); contraceptive (18%); non-contraceptive (41%). A minority of responses were uncoded (17%). Non-contraceptive effects (effects unrelated to pregnancy prevention) featured most frequently in women's reasons for changing contraception.

Conclusions While cessation of various contraceptives due to unwanted side-effects is a well-known phenomenon, this analysis provides evidence of the changing of contraception for its non-contraceptive effects and reframes the notion of ‘side-effects’.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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