McCarthy, M. (2009) Contraception and women with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22 (4). pp. 363-369. ISSN 1360-2322 .
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Background Contraception is widely prescribed to women with intellectual disabilities, yet little is known about what the women think and feel about this. One of the aims of the study was to explore what women understood and to what extent they were able to exercise choice and control. Method Twenty-three women with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities in South East England were interviewed about their current and past use of contraception, their knowledge of contraception more broadly, the process of being prescribed contraception and sources of information and support. Results Knowledge of how contraception works was very limited and approximately half the women also lacked basic knowledge about reproduction. Few women attended medical appointments alone and none had been given any accessible information about contraception. Conclusions There is a role for increased education, support and advocacy for women with intellectual disabilities when they are prescribed contraception. This would help to ensure women are prescribed methods which are best for them as individuals and to help maximize their participation in the process.
|Projects:|| Exercising choice and control: women with learning disabilities and their reproductive health care needs|
|Uncontrolled keywords:||contraception; intellectual disabilities; women|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard|
|Depositing User:||Michelle McCarthy|
|Date Deposited:||23 Nov 2009 11:50|
|Last Modified:||08 May 2012 08:19|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/20129 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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