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Evaluating a designated family planning clinic within a genitourinary medicine clinic.

  • Carlin, E M
  • Russell, J M
  • Sibley, K
  • Boag, F C
Published Article
Genitourinary medicine
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1995
PMID: 7744399


The objective was to evaluate an integrated family planning clinic (FPC) established by genitourinary medicine (GUM) staff held within a GUM women-only clinic at the John Hunter Clinic, London. A retrospective case note review of women attending the FPC during the first year January-December 1992 was performed. Data were extracted on: prior STDs, parity and pregnancies terminated; screening for STDs, serology and cervical cytology; contraception on first attendance, that supplied, and outcome over the subsequent year 1993. 113 women, 13-41 years old, attended the FPC. 45 were new attenders, 6 had previously tested antibody positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), 7 were intravenous drug users; 61 (54%) had a history of sexually transmitted disease (STD); 20 (17.7%) were using no contraception; 37 (32.7%) had previous termination of pregnancy (TOP) with 70 TOPs in total. Within 3 months of FPC attendance, 89 (78.8%) women had genital STD screening performed; syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B serology, together with cervical cytology were performed in 77, 18, 13, and 62 women, respectively. Infections identified were similar to those identified in the GUM clinic, although the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in diagnosed infections was commoner in FPC attenders and epidemiological treatment commoner in GUM attenders. No high grade cytology abnormalities were detected. No positive syphilis or new HIV-positive results were identified; 5 women were found to be hepatitis B surface antibody positive. Contraception was changed in 60.8%. Most frequently supplied was the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP). At the first FPC attendance 6 women required post coital contraception (PCC) and 5 were already pregnant: 3 suspected it, and 2 were unaware. During the year 3 women conceived; 2 used COCP, but were noncompliant; 1 used a diaphragm with unclear compliance. 7 of the 8 pregnancies were terminated. Over the following year, 1992-93, contraception was supplied to 42 women (37.2%); 4 required PCC; and 2 intentional pregnancies occurred. Only 1 of the TOP women returned. Continuation of the project is deemed essential.

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