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Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Dec;28(6):499-503.

Family planning and the Zika era.

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Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

To review the current evidence regarding the impact of the Zika virus epidemic on pregnancy and the implications for family planning and reproductive health services for women in affected countries.

RECENT FINDINGS:

In the past 2 years, over the course of the Zika epidemic, much has been learned about the virus. Specifically in regard to pregnancy, a causative relationship has been established between the Zika virus and adverse fetal outcomes, and sexual transmission of the virus has been documented. Broad recommendations by government agencies and public health officials regarding avoidance of pregnancy for women at risk of acquiring the Zika virus have theoretical and documented implications for abortion and contraception demand and access.

SUMMARY:

Additional research is needed to better understand the impact of Zika virus health recommendations and advisories on women's decision making around pregnancy, as well as their impact on demand, access and safety of family planning services.

PMID:
27787288
DOI:
10.1097/GCO.0000000000000323
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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