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Access to and use of contraceptive care during the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK: a web-based survey

Overview of attention for article published in BJGP Open, April 2022
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Title
Access to and use of contraceptive care during the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK: a web-based survey
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BJGP Open, April 2022
DOI 10.3399/bjgpo.2021.0218
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Richard Ma, Kimberley Foley, Sonia Saxena

Abstract

The first wave of lockdown measures to control the covid-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom (UK) resulted in suspension of "non-essential" services including contraception. To examine women's perceptions and experiences of contraceptive care in the UK during the first lockdown. Cross-sectional survey during lockdown period from March to June 2020. We designed an online questionnaire asking women aged 16-54 their experiences of contraceptive care during lockdown. Questions were based on Maxwell's evaluation framework on access, acceptability, relevance, and equity. It was promoted on social media from 27th May to ninth June 2020. We conducted descriptive analysis of quantitative data and thematic analysis of free text data. 214 responses were analysed. General practice was the source of contraception for 43% and 52% of respondents before and during the lockdown respectively. 55% (118/214) of respondents including regular and new users were uncertain where or how to get contraception during the pandemic. Respondents reported reduced access to contraception during lockdown, some thought sexual health clinics and general practices were closed.Remote consultations and electronic prescriptions facilitated contraceptive access for some respondents. Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) was unavailable in some areas due to restrictions, alternatives were not acceptable to those who used methods for non-contraceptive benefits to treat medical conditions e.g., menorrhagia. Our study highlighted the need for better information and signposting for contraception during lockdown. Contraception including LARC should be reframed as an essential service with robust signposting for pandemic planning and beyond.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 8 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 3 38%
Researcher 2 25%
Student > Bachelor 1 13%
Student > Master 1 13%
Other 1 13%
Other 1 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 3 38%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 25%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 25%
Social Sciences 1 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 13%
Other 0 0%

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#2,311,414
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Outputs of similar age from BJGP Open
#7
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