Contraceptive Discontinuation: Reasons, Challenges, and Solutions

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Family Planning 2020 and Population Council have released a new report, Contraceptive Discontinuation: Reasons,
Challenges, and Solutions, that looks at why women stop using contraceptives.

More than a third of women with an unmet need for modern contraception have used a modern method in the past but have
chosen to discontinue use within the first year, and over one-half stop before two years. Discontinuation for reasons
other than wanting to become pregnant can contribute to unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion.

The new report provides an in-depth look at reasons for discontinuation, interventions to reduce discontinuation and/or
enhance switching to new methods, and measurement and monitoring of discontinuation.

The authors, Sarah Castle and Ian Askew, also propose a theory of change that identifies several pathways through which
interventions addressing heath systems, service quality, and the sociocultural environment could reduce unnecessary
discontinuation. The authors also outline a research agenda that should be addressed urgently if FP2020 is to meet its

Author: Sarah Castle, Ian Askew Source:

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