Oral contraceptive discontinuation: do side effects matter?

  title={Oral contraceptive discontinuation: do side effects matter?},
  author={Carolyn Westhoff and Stephen Heartwell and Sharon Edwards and Mimi Zieman and G. F. Stuart and Carrie Cwiak and Anne Davis and Tina Robilotto and Linda E Cushman and Debra S. Kalmuss},
  journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology},
  volume={196 4},
  pages={412.e1-6; discussion 412.e6-7}
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess self-reported side effects in women after they received the oral contraceptive (OC) and to compare discontinuation rates, according to presence or absence of side effects. STUDY DESIGN The study comprised 1716 women aged <25 years who initiated the OC at 3 publicly funded family planning clinics and completed structured interviews after 3 and 6 months. RESULTS Nearly 60% of subjects discontinued the OC by 6 months. Most subjects reported no… CONTINUE READING
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