This research study examined whether symptoms of stress and depression affected consistent contraception use by young women ages 18-20 years old.
Study participants completed journal entries over the span of 12 months and reproductive, relationship and health characteristics were assessed. Baseline depression and stress symptoms and consistency of contraceptive methods use with sexual activity each week were also measured and assessed.
The researchers found that women with depression and stress symptoms had 47% and 69% reduced odds of contraceptive consistency each week than those without symptoms. Stress predicted inconsistent use of oral contraceptives, condoms and withdrawal.
These findings stress the importance of women’s psychological and emotional status when physicians are educating patients about contraceptive decision-making and management.
This research study is useful for clinical workers, nurses, doctors and counselors.
Hall, K.S., Moreau, C., Trussell, J., Barber, J. Young women’s consistency of contraceptive use–does depression or stress matter? 2013. Contraception. 88:5. 641-649.