Long-acting reversible contraception free of charge, method initiation, and abortion rates in Finland

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dc.contributor.author Gyllenberg, Frida
dc.contributor.author Juselius, Mikael
dc.contributor.author Gissler, Mika
dc.contributor.author Heikinheimo, Oskari
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-22T15:42:27Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-22T15:42:27Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://helda.helsinki.fi/bof/handle/123456789/15341
dc.description.abstract Objectives. To evaluate whether a public program providing long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods free of charge increases the LARC initiation rate and reduces the unintended pregnancy rate in the general population. Methods. Since 2013, all women in Vantaa, Finland, have been entitled to 1 LARC method free of charge. With time-series analysis between 2000 and 2015, we assessed whether this public program was associated with changes in steady-state mean rates of LARC initiation and abortions. Results. The initiation rate of LARCs (1/1000 women) increased 2.2-fold from 1.9 to 4.2 after the intervention (P < .001). Concomitantly, the abortion rate (1/1000 women) declined by 16% from 1.1 to 0.9 in the total sample (P < .001), by 36% from 1.3 to 0.8 among those aged 15 to 19 years (P < .001), and by 14% from 2.0 to 1.7 among those aged 20 to 24 years (P = .01). Conclusions. The LARC program was associated with increased uptake of LARC methods and fewer abortions in the population. Public Health Implications. Entitling the population to LARC methods free of charge is an effective means to reduce the unmet need of contraception and the need for abortion, especially among women younger than 25 years.
dc.format.extent 538-543
dc.language.iso ENG
dc.rights https://helda.helsinki.fi/bof/copyright
dc.title Long-acting reversible contraception free of charge, method initiation, and abortion rates in Finland
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:bof-201803221379
dc.series.name American Journal of Public Health
dc.series.year 2018
dc.series.volume 108
dc.series.number 4; April 2018
dc.series.sortingnumber 0004
dc.date.publication 7.3.2018
dc.relation.url http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304280
dc.type.okm A1

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