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Gynecol Endocrinol. 2011 Oct;27(10):849-56. doi: 10.3109/09513590.2010.538095. Epub 2010 Dec 10.

High levels of women's satisfaction and compliance with transdermal contraception: results from a European multinational, 6-month study.

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Center for Reproductive Health, Institute of Mother and Child, Warsaw, Poland. jakimiuk@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate compliance, satisfaction, and preference in women using a transdermal contraceptive patch.

METHODS:

Women (18-46 years) from eight European countries used contraceptive patches (norelgestromin 6 mg, ethinylestradiol 600 μg) for six, 4-week treatment cycles. Compliance, satisfaction, and preference were assessed after 3 and 6 cycles and study completion using self-report methods.

RESULTS:

Of the 778 participants, 36.8% (n = 287) used no contraception at baseline. The most common methods were oral contraceptives (67.9%, n = 334) and barrier methods (21.5%, n = 106). Of oral contraception users, 63.5% (n = 212) were satisfied or very satisfied with their previous method, but compliance was poor with 77.8% (n = 260) reporting missed doses. After 3 and 6 cycles, >80% of all included women were satisfied or very satisfied with the patch. At study completion, most participants (73.7%) reported a preference for the patch compared to their previous method. Of 4107 cycles, 3718 (90.5%) were completed with perfect compliance. Two pregnancies occurred during this study, representing a Pearl Index of 0.63. No new safety issues were identified and the patch was well tolerated.

CONCLUSION:

Women were highly satisfied with transdermal contraception and preferred this form of family planning over their previous method. Transdermal contraception represents a valuable addition to contraceptive options with potential to offer high compliance and efficacy.

PMID:
21142776
PMCID:
PMC3205821
DOI:
10.3109/09513590.2010.538095
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