Specialties - Southern Medical Association

SMJ Article | Original Article

Perceived Barriers to Contraceptive Access and Acceptance among Reproductive-Age Women Receiving Opioid Agonist Therapy in Northeast Tennessee

Objectives: Women with substance use disorders experience unique challenges to contraceptive obtainment and user-dependent method adherence, contributing to higher than average rates of unintended pregnancy. This study estimated the prevalence of barriers to contraception and their associations with contraceptive use and unwanted pregnancies among women receiving opioid agonist therapy (OAT)...

Posted in: Obstetrics and Gynecology16 Family Planning & Reproductive Health6

SMJ Article | Original Article

Healthcare Access, Pregnancy Intention, and Contraceptive Practices Among Reproductive-Aged Women Receiving Opioid Agonist Therapy in Northeast Tennessee

Objectives: Women with substance use disorders often experience unique challenges to obtaining contraception and adhering to user-dependent methods. As a result, this at-risk population of women tends to have higher than average rates of unintended pregnancy. The objective of this study was to describe contraceptive use, pregnancy intentions, and adequacy...

Posted in: Obstetrics and Gynecology16 Family Planning & Reproductive Health6

SMJ Article | Original Article

Contraceptive Methods and the Impact of Menstruation on Daily Functioning in Women with Sickle Cell Disease

Objectives: Women with sickle cell disease (SCD) are living longer as a result of advances in the care of their underlying disease. With the population growing of women living with SCD, reproductive health issues in this population have become an emphasized area of medical care. We sought to describe current...

Posted in: Hematology7 Menopause: Management, Risks, & Benefits of Therapy1 Family Planning & Reproductive Health6

SMJ Article | Original Article

Advanced Prescription of Emergency Contraceptive Pills Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Objective: To examine healthcare providers’ adherence to professional recommendations for advanced prescription of emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs). Methods: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 432 visits by 282 unique nonpregnant women 14 to 25 years of age seen at an obstetrics and gynecology teaching clinic to determine the percentage...

Posted in: Family Planning & Reproductive Health6

SMJ Article | Original Article

Prenatal Contraceptive Counseling by Video

Objective: Effective postpartum contraception can improve interpregnancy intervals. Opportunities exist for counseling and education during prenatal care. Few studies have assessed the use of multimedia as a tool to improve long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) use postpartum. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether LARC-focused video counseling during prenatal...

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SMJ Article | Invited Commentary

Commentary on “Prenatal Contraceptive Counseling by Video”

Advances in technology can provide novel platforms for delivering health information and have the potential to transform patient education and counseling. The study by Staley et al in this issue of the Southern Medical Journal examines the impact of video counseling during prenatal care on the uptake of postpartum long-acting...

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