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Perceptions of long-acting reversible contraceptives among black women: barriers to reproductive health and wellness

Warren, Kayla (2020) Perceptions of long-acting reversible contraceptives among black women: barriers to reproductive health and wellness. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Over 45% of pregnancies in the United States are unintended and there is a large disparity in unintended pregnancies between black and white women. Long-acting reversible contraceptives are over 99% effective and provide a unique set of characteristics that could help reduce the disparity in unintended pregnancies. However, black women in the United States use long-acting reversible contraceptives at lower rates than white women. Understanding the perceptions and attitudes that black women hold regarding LARCs will help give insight into how public health initiatives can be developed so providers can better counsel women on their birth control options. Eight in-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with women at the Mt. Oliver Magee Women’s Community Health clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. The results showed that there are still many negative associations and fears regarding LARCs among black women. Also, the participants expressed wanting direct control over their reproductive behaviors and LARCs would not allow for that. This study suggests that there is a need for patient-centered contraceptive counseling for black women, and more research needs to be done to determine how to combat the misinformation still present among women.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Warren, Kaylakad117@pitt.edukad117
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.edu
Committee MemberElias, Thistleelias@pitt.edu
Committee MemberGary-Webb, Tiffanytgary@pitt.edu
Committee MemberChang, Judychangjc@upmc.edu
Date: 29 January 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2 December 2019
Approval Date: 29 January 2020
Submission Date: 18 November 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 68
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: LARCs contraception birth control historical injustices attitudes perceptions black women african american women
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 18:13
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 18:13
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/37815

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