What contraception do women use after abortion? An analysis of 319,385 cases from eight countries

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by Janie Benson, Kathryn Andersen, Dalia Brahmi, Joan Healy, Alice Mark, Achieng Ajode, Risa Griffin

Global Public Health 2016; DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2016.1174280 OPEN ACCESS

This paper describes contraceptive uptake in 319,385 women seeking abortion in 2,326 public sector health facilities in eight African and Asian countries from 2011 to 2013. Ministries of Health integrated contraceptive and abortion services, with technical assistance from Ipas. Interventions included updating national guidelines, upgrading facilities, supplying contraceptive methods, and training providers. We conducted unadjusted and adjusted associations between facility level, client age, and gestational age and receipt of contraception at the time of abortion. Overall, postabortion contraceptive uptake was 73%. Factors contributing to uptake included care at a primary-level facility, having an induced abortion, first-trimester gestation, age ≥25, and use of vacuum aspiration for uterine evacuation. Uptake of long-acting, reversible contraception was low in most countries. These findings demonstrate high contraceptive uptake when it is delivered at the time of the abortion, a wide range of contraceptive commodities is available, and ongoing monitoring of services occurs.