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Contraception. 2007 Jul;76(1):30-4. Epub 2007 May 24.

Factors associated with willingness to use the contraceptive vaginal ring.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Family Planning, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA. mgilliam@babies.bsd.uchicago.edu

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The objective of this study was to examine factors associated with willingness to use the contraceptive vaginal ring among college students.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

We electronically surveyed a random sample of female undergraduates. Factors associated with willingness to use the contraceptive vaginal ring were evaluated using a logistic regression model.

RESULTS:

Six hundred ninety-one women answered the survey. Willingness to use the contraceptive vaginal ring was positively associated with willingness to use the contraceptive patch, being employed at least 20 h/week, acceptability of a monthly contraceptive, acceptability of self-insertion, acceptability of feeling ring during intercourse and concern over potential hormonal side effects. Willingness to use the contraceptive vaginal ring was negatively associated with current use of oral contraceptives.

DISCUSSION:

Busy lifestyle and acceptance of its characteristics were associated with willingness to use the contraceptive vaginal ring. Counseling should focus on addressing women's concerns about vaginal administration and side effects.

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