The preferences of women in Australia for the features of long-acting reversible contraception: results of a discrete choice experiment.

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Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care, 2022, 27, (5), pp. 424-430
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PURPOSE: Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC), such as intrauterine devices (IUD) and implants, are highly effective. However, the uptake of LARC in Australia has been slow and the oral contraceptive pill (OC) remains the best known and most widely used contraceptive. Our aim was to investigate women's preferences for the features of LARC. METHODS: We used a discrete choice experiment (DCE) in which each respondent completed 12 choice tasks. We recruited a general population sample of 621 women in Australia aged 18-49 using an online survey panel. A mixed logit model was used to analyse DCE responses; a latent class model explored preference heterogeneity. RESULTS: Overall, 391 (63%) of women were currently using contraception; 49.3% were using an OC. About 22% of women were using a LARC. Women prefer products that are more effective in preventing pregnancy, have low levels of adverse events (including negative effects on mood), and which their general practitioner (GP) recommends or says is suitable for them. CONCLUSIONS: Women have strong preferences for contraceptive products that are effective, safe, and recommended by their GP. The results indicate which characteristics of LARCs need to be front and centre in information material and in discussions between women and healthcare professionals.
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