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FELDMAN, Florencia et al. Use of contraceptive method prior to pregnancy, counseling and subsequent preference in postpartum women at Hospital de Clínicas. Anfamed [online]. 2021, vol.8, n.1, e201.  Epub 01-Jun-2021. ISSN 2301-1254.

Sexual and reproductive rights are rights that every individual must know. Family planning is achieved through the use of contraceptive methods. Although a wide range of these are offered in the hospital, not all of them receive counseling, and the pregnancy-puerperal period is a unique opportunity to carry out contraception counseling. The objective is to evaluate the use of contraceptives prior to pregnancy, counseling during the puerperium and the choice of later contraception in a population of this hospital. A cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out based on a survey during the puerperium of the puerperal women of the Hospital de Clínicas, in the period 01/02/2019 to 31/07/2019.

220 patients were evaluated. 79.5% of the pregnancies were unplanned. Of the total interviewed, 35.5% did not use contraception prior to pregnancy and 33% had not had counseling. Before pregnancy, the most used contraceptives were combined oral contraceptives (64.1%) and 50% reported incorrect use. 81.6% received counseling during the puerperium. The contraceptives that the patients reported having received more information during the puerperium were: subdermal implant (65.8%) and IUD (48%). 44.1% did not receive information on contraindications and adverse effects. The most chosen contraceptives were: subdermal implant (41.4%), tubal ligation (21.8%) and IUD (14.5%). Efficacy (60.1%) and ease of use (43.9%) were the most frequent reasons for choice.

Most of the pregnancies were unplanned and almost a third were not using prior contraception and had never received counseling. During the puerperium, the majority reported having been counseled on family planning and opted for one of the contraceptive methods, the long-lasting reversible methods being the most frequently chosen for their ease of use and efficacy.

Palavras-chave : Contraceptive Method; Family Planning; Puerperium.

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