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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.

Commentary highlights role of reproductive rights in addressing Zika crisis

June 29, 2016

In this commentary, the Guttmacher Institute's Joerg Dreweke examines how restricted access to the full range of reproductive health care in the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States is hampering the countries' responses to the Zika virus. Noting that countries affected by Zika "would have found themselves in a far stronger position to respond to the current emergency" had they prioritized women's health and reproductive rights, Dreweke concludes, "Sound policies and resources to support the rights of women to prevent pregnancy, obtain safe abortion care or become a parent and raise a child should be an ongoing priority, rather than something that receives fleeting attention at a moment of acute crisis."

Researchers spotlight Texas as example of repercussions of reproductive-rights restrictions

June 29, 2016

In this commentary, the researchers examine how antiabortion-rights restrictions in Texas have negatively affected not only a woman's ability to access abortion care, but also the provision of family planning services and further research on the effect of such laws. Noting that nearly 300 abortion restrictions have been enacted by states in recent years, the researchers write, "Texas is far from alone in pursuing these types of restrictions."

Editorial calls for addressing the 'feminization' of HPV

June 29, 2016

In this editorial, the authors discuss the harmful repercussions of "feminizing" the human papilloma virus (HPV), resulting in low vaccine uptake rates, particularly among men. They outline a three-pronged strategy to address this issue, which they write "will foster equity in the prevention of HPV-related diseases."

Study reviews stigma, social norms for unintended pregnancy in Ala.

June 29, 2016

In this study, the researchers review social norms and stigma regarding unintended pregnancy and pregnancy options -- such as abortion, parenting and adoption -- for low-income young women in Birmingham, Alabama. They conclude that "social norms and stigma may influence young women's health decision making, particularly the disclosure of an unintended pregnancy and nonconformist pregnancy decisions."

Study compares follow-up care conducted at office, via phone after medication abortion

May 25, 2016

In this study, the researchers compare office- and telephone-based follow-up care after medication abortion. They find that while both groups had low rates of being lost to follow up, offering "alternative methods of follow-up available after [medication] abortion ... may increase patient adherence to follow-up" by allowing patients to select the option preferable to them.

Researchers examine relationship between adolescent pregnancy, social determinants of health

May 25, 2016

In this study, the researchers examine how adolescent pregnancy rates relate to social determinants of health (SDoH), such as education and community context. They find six of 17 SDoHs are correlated with a decreased rate of adolescent pregnancy, including feeling close to others at school, living in a two-parent home and participating in volunteer work. Based on the study findings, the researchers call for "increased research and intervention focus in SDoH related to areas of education and social and community context."

Study explores factors influencing women's communication with OB-GYNs on abortion decisions

May 25, 2016

In this study, researchers evaluate why women do or do not discuss their decision to have an abortion with their regular provider before seeking abortion care. Noting that some women said they refrained from discussing their abortion decision with their regular provider because of fear of perceived judgement, the researchers recommend that "gynecologic providers ... seek to normalize discussions of abortion during routine gynecologic visits to ensure that, when faced with such decisions, women who so desire feel that they can turn to their provider for guidance in abortion decision making."

Researchers call for increased condom use among adolescent LARC users

May 25, 2016

In this study, the researchers compare condom use among sexually active adolescents using long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) and those using moderately effective methods. They find that LARC users are less likely than those using oral contraception to use condoms and more likely to have multiple sexual partners. According the researchers, the findings show that as adolescents increasingly use LARC, "a clear need exists to incorporate messages about condom use specifically for sexually transmitted infection prevention."

Study examines reproductive-age women's reasons for supporting, opposing Texas abortion restrictions

May 25, 2016

In this study, researchers assess women's "knowledge of and attitudes toward recent abortion laws in Texas." The authors' findings indicate that Texas abortion laws "do not reflect the opinions of the majority" of reproductive-age Texas women, and that "misinformation about the safety of abortion may lead some to support medically unnecessary restrictions." They conclude, "Accurate information about abortion and the impact of restrictions on women could inform strategies to oppose legislation that impedes access to this essential health service."

Review calls for community health workers to provide emergency contraception

April 27, 2016

In this review, researchers examine the feasibility and appropriateness of community-based provision of emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs). They conclude, "As a practice that can be readily implemented, [community health worker]-provision of ECPs is low-hanging fruit for preventing unintended pregnancy, increasing access to family planning, expanding the method mix and advancing equity in reproductive health."

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