Contraceptive use in women undergoing bariatric surgery

Rachel Casas, Ghada Bourjeily, Sivamainthan Vithiananthan, Iris Tong

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Introduction Contraceptive counselling in women undergoing bariatric surgery is crucial due to increased risk of foetal growth restriction postoperatively. We evaluate if women undergoing bariatric surgery are being counselled about and using contraception.

Methods A 36-question survey was sent electronically to patients at the Miriam Hospital Bariatric Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Results Of the thirty-five women included in our study, 85.7% and 80% reported receiving contraceptive counselling and advice to avoid pregnancy in the 12-24 months following surgery, respectively. Only 65.7% were using contraception. More women using contraception reported receiving counselling (95.7% vs. 66.7%) and knew to avoid pregnancy postoperatively (82.6% vs. 75%) than women not using contraception. Contraceptive use declined over time following surgery.

Conclusion We have identified an important opportunity for healthcare providers to promote ongoing compliance with contraception for women undergoing bariatric surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e608-e613
JournalObesity Research and Clinical Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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