Awareness, myths and misconceptions among Latin American women in comparison to women from 13 countries regarding their contraception options
ESC Congress Library. Bahamondes L. 05/28/14; 50558; A-143
Prof. Dr. Luis Bahamondes
Prof. Dr. Luis Bahamondes
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Objectives: To assess the awareness, misconceptions and myths about contraceptive options among 1,953 (1,308 nulliparous and 645 parous) women from four Latin American (LA) countries and compared to 6,884 (4,684 nulliparous and 2,200 parous) women from other 13 countries.
Methods: A survey was conducted online. Answers from LA women (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Argentina) were compared with the information provided by women from other 13 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, and USA).
Results:
• As overall results:
• ~40% of the interviewed women had not heard about an intrauterine device (IUD),
• only 1 in 5 feel very well informed about contraception,
• >30% of current pill users had forgotten to take their pill at least three times in the last six months,
• >50% of parous women have had an unplanned pregnancy and >1/3 of those were using contraception at that time.
• From all the women:
• 62% spontaneously recalled an IUD and only 4% spontaneously recalled an levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS).
• In LA countries: 74% of women spontaneously recalled an IUD.
• The level of information about contraceptives methods between women in LA countries was similar to that reported by the women in Asian and European countries; however, lower than USA women. Women from LA countries preferred monthly methods more often than women from the other countries, with similar level of preference for long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) methods than women from the other countries. Across all regions apart from the USA, a quarter of women would consider using an LNG-IUS, with the highest share in Latin America (32%) and lowest in Asia/ Pacific (18%). Only close to half of the women reported their current contraceptive perfectly fits their current needs, and lower agreement was found in Colombia (12%) and Mexico (10%). Also, 72% of current pill users reported that they have forgotten to take a pill at least once or twice over the past 6 months, whereas 89% and 86% of Brazilian and Colombian women, respectively admitted this. Additionally, 36%-47% of the women do not know where an LNG-IUS or an IUD is placed and 42% of women in Latin America believe IUDs are only suitable for women who have had children.
Conclusion: Misperceptions and myths regarding contraception and IUD/LNG-IUS are widespread between LA women, in some aspects higher than other countries in the world.
Acknowledgements: This survey was conducted on behalf of an independent panel of physicians, the formation of which was facilitated by Bayer HealthCare.

Objectives: To assess the awareness, misconceptions and myths about contraceptive options among 1,953 (1,308 nulliparous and 645 parous) women from four Latin American (LA) countries and compared to 6,884 (4,684 nulliparous and 2,200 parous) women from other 13 countries.
Methods: A survey was conducted online. Answers from LA women (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Argentina) were compared with the information provided by women from other 13 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, and USA).
Results:
• As overall results:
• ~40% of the interviewed women had not heard about an intrauterine device (IUD),
• only 1 in 5 feel very well informed about contraception,
• >30% of current pill users had forgotten to take their pill at least three times in the last six months,
• >50% of parous women have had an unplanned pregnancy and >1/3 of those were using contraception at that time.
• From all the women:
• 62% spontaneously recalled an IUD and only 4% spontaneously recalled an levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS).
• In LA countries: 74% of women spontaneously recalled an IUD.
• The level of information about contraceptives methods between women in LA countries was similar to that reported by the women in Asian and European countries; however, lower than USA women. Women from LA countries preferred monthly methods more often than women from the other countries, with similar level of preference for long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) methods than women from the other countries. Across all regions apart from the USA, a quarter of women would consider using an LNG-IUS, with the highest share in Latin America (32%) and lowest in Asia/ Pacific (18%). Only close to half of the women reported their current contraceptive perfectly fits their current needs, and lower agreement was found in Colombia (12%) and Mexico (10%). Also, 72% of current pill users reported that they have forgotten to take a pill at least once or twice over the past 6 months, whereas 89% and 86% of Brazilian and Colombian women, respectively admitted this. Additionally, 36%-47% of the women do not know where an LNG-IUS or an IUD is placed and 42% of women in Latin America believe IUDs are only suitable for women who have had children.
Conclusion: Misperceptions and myths regarding contraception and IUD/LNG-IUS are widespread between LA women, in some aspects higher than other countries in the world.
Acknowledgements: This survey was conducted on behalf of an independent panel of physicians, the formation of which was facilitated by Bayer HealthCare.

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