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*Editors' Note: As of January 2017, the Monthly Women's Health Research Review has been discontinued. Below are archived articles for your reference.

Research review finds beneficial association between male partner involvement, women's abortion experience

November 30, 2016

In this study, researchers reviewed "published literature to learn how male partners are involved in the abortion process under non-coercive circumstances and the relationship between male involvement and women's experiences with abortion." They find that existing literature suggests a positive association between male partner involvement and women's abortion experiences. However, they write that research on the topic was limited overall and call for further research, noting that if male partner inclusion is beneficial, it could help strengthen couples' relationships and "help men become stronger advocates for women in general."

Researchers explore how U.S. television combats, perpetuates stigma against abortion providers

November 30, 2016

In this study, researchers examine the "fictional representations of abortion providers on American television to identify patterns in these portrayals and to theorize how such patterns influence stigma toward abortion providers." They find that "portrayals of [abortion] provision challenged ideas that serve as root causes of stigma," suggesting that "there is indeed potential within popular culture to contest stigma and contribute to improved cultural narratives about abortion provision specifically, and abortion care and access more broadly."

Study assesses link between organizational factors, comprehensive women's health care at Veterans Health Administration

November 30, 2016

In this study, the researchers examine the association between organizational factors at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities and the adoption of comprehensive women's health care. They find that VHA facilities with greater absorptive capacity, as measured by academic affiliation and women's health representation on a high-impact panel, are more likely to establish a women's health clinic (WHC), and facilities with a WHC are more likely to deliver a package of women's health care services.

Review examines educational strategies to help students provide respectful sexual health care to LGBT patients

November 30, 2016

In this review, researchers outline didactic education strategies for midwifery and graduate nursing education programs designed to help students deliver respectful and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care for LGBT patients. Such strategies include learning about "terminology, identification of personal bias, sexual health history taking, determination of appropriate referrals, and application of learned content through an exemplary case study."

Study examines efficacy, acceptability of LARC among women seeking short-term contraception

October 26, 2016

In this study, researchers seek "to isolate the role that LARC may have in preventing unintended pregnancy in a high-risk population and to assess general satisfaction with the products." The researchers find "that typical users of [short-acting reversible contraception] can find [long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)] highly acceptable" and "[m]ore voluntary uptake of LARC will help avert many unintended pregnancies and the negative consequences."

Commentary outlines updates to CDC guidance on contraceptive use

October 26, 2016

In this commentary, the researchers highlight the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated guidance on contraceptive use. Spotlighting recent declines in the U.S. unintended pregnancy rate, the researchers explain how such guidance help remove lingering barriers to contraceptive access, "enabling continued declines in unintended and teen pregnancy."

Researchers explore reasons why people seek alternative abortion care outside the formal health care system

October 26, 2016

In this study, researchers conduct "the first qualitative study with a geographically diverse North American sample to describe people's preferences, motivations and experiences with alternative abortion outside the formal health care system." They find that "[p]eople use and provide alternative abortion methods for several reasons," including restrictions on clinic-provided abortion care and personal interest in privacy and control.

Research review examines effects of interventions aimed at improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health

October 26, 2016

In this study, the researchers conduct a research review assessing the effect "of interventions to improve sexual and reproductive health, prevent adolescent pregnancy; [female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)]; and intimate partner violence." They find that while the "review suggests that a range of comprehensive interventions targeting sexual health education, counseling, consistent birth control methods promotion, and provision have the potential to prevent and control the adverse outcomes related to risky sexual behavior ... much more is needed to increase awareness and prevent ... intimate partner violence."

Review profiles study showing shortcomings in formal sex education

October 26, 2016

In this commentary, Dore Hollander, executive editor of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, reviews a study showing that formal sex education is increasingly failing to address key aspects of adolescents' sexual and reproductive health.

Ohio medication abortion law curbed access, worsened health outcomes, study finds

September 28, 2016

In this study, researchers examine outcomes before and after Ohio implemented a 2011 law mandating that providers adhere to FDA protocol on medication abortion. They found that the law, which at the time of enactment mandated compliance with outdated protocol, "was associated with greater need for additional intervention, more visits, more side effects, and higher costs for women who have medication abortions."

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