Retrospective analysis of the impact of increasing access to long acting reversible contraceptives in a commercially insured population

Reproductive Health, 2016 13(1): 96. e-pub ahead of print 2016/08/24

Unintended pregnancies have been shown to be associated with high costs for the healthcare system, among other adverse impacts, but could still account for up to 51 % of pregnancies in the US. Improvements in contraception among women are needed. Long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), which have proved their safety and efficacy, have been found to significantly decrease the risk of unintended pregnancy. Yet they are still marginally employed. This study aims at investigating the evolution of LARC use over 15 years and at assessing the impact of the introduction of newer LARCs on LARC use relative to all contraceptive use.

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Law A, Pilon D, Lynen R, Laliberte F, Gozalo L, Lefebvre P, Duh MS.