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Family planning attitudes of medically underserved Latinas.

Authors
  • Rivera, Claudia P
  • Méndez, Carol B
  • Gueye, Ndeye-Aicha
  • Bachmann, Gloria A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of women's health (2002)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2007
Volume
16
Issue
6
Pages
879–882
Identifiers
PMID: 17678458
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Contraceptive use was lower than the national average in this cohort of mainly Spanish-speaking Latinas, with most of the women using methods considered not as efficacious as hormonal ones. These data suggest that initial counseling for young Latinas, especially for those who may not be acclimated to U.S. culture as evidenced by their preference for counseling in Spanish, should focus on how to optimally prepare for planning and spacing of pregnancies rather than on how to prevent pregnancy. Counseling that emphasizes only birth control options and not pregnancy concerns should be employed after desired family size is reached.

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