Journal article

Contraceptive use and pregnancy plans among women of reproductive age during the first Australian COVID-19 lockdown: findings from an online survey

Jacqueline Coombe, Fabian Kong, Helen Bittleston, Hennie Williams, Jane Tomnay, Alaina Vaisey, Sue Malta, Jane Goller, Meredith Temple-Smith, Louise Bourchier, Andrew Lau, Jane S Hocking

The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021


PURPOSE: Australia introduced 'lockdown' measures to control COVID-19 on 22 March 2020 which continued for a period of two months. We aimed to investigate the impact this had on sexual and reproductive health (SRH). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Australians aged 18+ were eligible to participate in an online survey from 23 April to 11 May 2020. We report on the experiences of 518 female participants aged <50 years. Pregnancy intentions and contraceptive use were analysed using descriptive statistics. Odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals were calculated to investigate difficulty accessing SRH products and services. Qualitative data were analysed using conventional content analysis. RESULTS: Most ..

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