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Australian women's attitudes towards and understandings of the subdermal contraceptive implant: a qualitative study of never-users
Study design: As part of a larger qualitative study using in-depth, open-ended interviews in 2012-2013 with women aged 16-49 years who had ever used contraception (n = 94), 65 interviews from women who discussed or mentioned the subdermal implant, but had not previously used the device, were examined and analysed using thematic analysis.
Results: The emergent themes were: satisfaction with current method; weak personal opinions and ambivalence; uncertainty due to specific concerns; and strong negative reactions - fear and dislike. Although there were a few positive perceptions expressed by women who had never used the subdermal implant, for the majority of women the perception was predominantly negative.
Discussion and conclusion: Women tended to form negative impressions from the stories of other women about the subdermal implant. Interventions to enhance evidence-informed awareness of the relative advantages and disadvantages of the implant - for example, improved access to supportive contraceptive counselling - need investigation in the Australian context. Avenues to improve women's perceived control over the device could also be usefully investigated.
Publication titleJournal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
Department/SchoolSchool of Nursing
Place of publicationManagerial & Healthcare Publications Ltd, Po Box 100, Chichester, England, W Sussex, Po18 8Hd
Rights statementCopyright 2016 by the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists