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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.

Fetal Tissue Research Is 'Professionally Responsible Success Story,' Commentary States

October 28, 2015

In this commentary, the authors trace the history of fetal tissue research and outline its societal benefits. Noting that the practice is supported from a legal, medical and ethical standpoint, they conclude that such research "should continue unhindered, to fulfill professional responsibility to current and future patients."

Commentary Outlines Plan for Increasing Access to Medication Abortion in the U.S.

October 28, 2015

In this commentary, authors discuss the availability of medication abortion in the U.S., noting access and awareness barriers that are not present elsewhere. The authors outline an action plan by which advocates can increase medication abortion awareness, availability and accessibility in the U.S.

Study Assesses Patient, Provider Experiences With Contraceptive Counseling at Medication Abortion

October 28, 2015

In this study, researchers examine the experiences of health care providers and patients with contraceptive counseling at the time of a medication abortion. They find that while abortion is a convenient time to address contraception, providers must have a certain degree of skill and expertise to do so effectively. The researchers recommend that provider training on how to offer contraception at the time of abortion "explicitly address potential conflicts between the priorities of health professionals and women seeking abortion."

Study Identifies Primary Factors Influencing Women's Satisfaction With Surgical Abortion Experience

October 28, 2015

In this study, researchers investigate what factors most influenced women's satisfaction with a first-trimester surgical abortion. They find the majority of participating women were satisfied with their abortion experience, and that the top three factors influencing a woman's satisfaction with her experience include the ability to get a prompt appointment, the courtesy of the clinic staff and receiving as much information as desired. The researchers say the findings should motivate clinic staff to "treat women undergoing abortion with dignity and respect."

Rights-Based Sexual Health Curriculum May Improve Sexual Health Outcomes in Adolescents, Study Finds

October 28, 2015

For this study, researchers compare the outcomes of ninth-grade students who received basic sexual health education to those who received a "rights-based" sexual health curriculum, "which seeks to integrate discussions of sexuality, human rights, and gender equality and is driven by recognition of adolescents' fundamental rights to sexual health information and services, self-determination, and nondiscrimination." They find that the rights-based curriculum had "significant, positive" outcomes one year later, but they urge longer-term research.

Study Assesses Patient, Provider Experiences With Contraceptive Counseling at Medication Abortion

October 28, 2015

In this study, researchers examine the experiences of health care providers and patients with contraceptive counseling at the time of a medication abortion. They find that while abortion is a convenient time to address contraception, providers must have a certain degree of skill and expertise to do so effectively. The researchers recommend that provider training on how to offer contraception at the time of abortion "explicitly address potential conflicts between the priorities of health professionals and women seeking abortion."

Fetal Tissue Research Is 'Professionally Responsible Success Story,' Commentary States

October 28, 2015

In this commentary, the authors trace the history of fetal tissue research and outline its societal benefits. Noting that the practice is supported from a legal, medical and ethical standpoint, they conclude that such research "should continue unhindered, to fulfill professional responsibility to current and future patients."

Commentary Outlines Plan for Increasing Access to Medication Abortion in the U.S.

October 28, 2015

In this commentary, authors discuss the availability of medication abortion in the U.S., noting access and awareness barriers that are not present elsewhere. The authors outline an action plan by which advocates can increase medication abortion awareness, availability and accessibility in the U.S.

Study Examines Trends in LARC Use Among U.S. Women, 2009-2012

October 28, 2015

In this study, the authors examined the use of long-acting reversible contraception among U.S. women between 2009 and 2012. They found that LARC use rose from 8.5% to 11.6% in that time period, mostly driven by an increase in the use of intrauterine devices.

Study Identifies Primary Factors Influencing Women's Satisfaction With Surgical Abortion Experience

October 28, 2015

In this study, researchers investigate what factors most influenced women's satisfaction with a first-trimester surgical abortion. They find the majority of participating women were satisfied with their abortion experience, and that the top three factors influencing a woman's satisfaction with her experience include the ability to get a prompt appointment, the courtesy of the clinic staff and receiving as much information as desired. The researchers say the findings should motivate clinic staff to "treat women undergoing abortion with dignity and respect."

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