‘I have the jab so I can’t be blamed for getting pregnant’: contraception and women with learning disabilities

McCarthy, Michelle (2009) ‘I have the jab so I can’t be blamed for getting pregnant’: contraception and women with learning disabilities. Womens Studies International Forum, 32 (3). pp. 198-208. ISSN 0277-5395. (Full text available)

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Abstract

The aim of this research was to investigate whether, and to what extent, women with learning disabilities were enabled to exercise choice and control when it came to their use of contraception. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 23 women with learning disabilities in the UK to explore these issues. Findings suggest that most women with learning disabilities did not make their own decisions and some of those who did, found their choices constrained by various factors, such as their young age, fears of losing their service, and previous traumatic experiences. The over-use of Depo-Provera is discussed, as are the common practices of giving contraception to women who are not sexually active and those whose fertility has declined naturally due to their age. The factors which lead to women's relative lack of autonomy are explored.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Michelle McCarthy
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 13:35
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 14:00
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23882 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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