Clinics' intervention can ward off 'reproductive coercion'
Family-planning clinics can play a huge role in helping women whose intimate partners bully them into becoming pregnant, new research finds.
A pilot study published online Wednesday in the journal "Contraception" showed that among women ages 16 to 29 who'd recently experienced intimate-partner violence, those who went to clinics that asked whether they were being pressured to become pregnant and that offered information about tamper-proof birth control such as IUDs were 71 percent less likely to unwillingly become pregnant in the ensuing six months than women whose clinics didn't offer such counseling. Moreover, they were more likely than women who weren't screened for reproductive coercion to break off their unhealthy relationships.
Reproductive coercion is a form of abuse in which a man threatens to harm a woman if she uses birth control or has an abortion, or sabotages birth-control efforts so as to increase her odds of becoming pregnant. Here's more information.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
September 1, 2010; 12:36 PM ET
Categories: Pregnancy , Women's Health
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