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Concept: Combined injectable contraceptive


Background Texas is one of several states that have barred Planned Parenthood affiliates from providing health care services with the use of public funds. After the federal government refused to allow (and courts blocked) the exclusion of Planned Parenthood affiliates from the Texas Medicaid fee-for-service family-planning program, Texas excluded them from a state-funded replacement program, effective January 1, 2013. We assessed rates of contraceptive-method provision, method continuation through the program, and childbirth covered by Medicaid before and after the Planned Parenthood exclusion. Methods We used all program claims from 2011 through 2014 to examine changes in the number of claims for contraceptives according to method for 2 years before and 2 years after the exclusion. Among women using injectable contraceptives at baseline, we observed rates of contraceptive continuation through the program and of childbirth covered by Medicaid. We used the difference-in-differences method to compare outcomes in counties with Planned Parenthood affiliates with outcomes in those without such affiliates. Results After the Planned Parenthood exclusion, there were estimated reductions in the number of claims from 1042 to 672 (relative reduction, 35.5%) for long-acting, reversible contraceptives and from 6832 to 4708 (relative reduction, 31.1%) for injectable contraceptives (P<0.001 for both comparisons). There was no significant change in the number of claims for short-acting hormonal contraceptive methods during this period. Among women using injectable contraceptives, the percentage of women who returned for a subsequent on-time contraceptive injection decreased from 56.9% among those whose subsequent injections were due before the exclusion to 37.7% among those whose subsequent injections were due after the exclusion in the counties with Planned Parenthood affiliates but increased from 54.9% to 58.5% in the counties without such affiliates (estimated difference in differences in counties with affiliates as compared with those without affiliates, -22.9 percentage points; P<0.001). During this period in counties with Planned Parenthood affiliates, the rate of childbirth covered by Medicaid increased by 1.9 percentage points (a relative increase of 27.1% from baseline) within 18 months after the claim (P=0.01). Conclusions The exclusion of Planned Parenthood affiliates from a state-funded replacement for a Medicaid fee-for-service program in Texas was associated with adverse changes in the provision of contraception. For women using injectable contraceptives, there was a reduction in the rate of contraceptive continuation and an increase in the rate of childbirth covered by Medicaid. (Funded by the Susan T. Buffett Foundation.).

Concepts: Pregnancy, Birth control, Emergency contraception, Hormonal contraception, Combined oral contraceptive pill, Menstrual cycle, Sex education, Combined injectable contraceptive


Whether use of various types of hormonal contraception (HC) affect risk of HIV acquisition is a critical question for women’s health. For this systematic review, we identified 22 studies published by January 15, 2014 which met inclusion criteria; we classified thirteen studies as having severe methodological limitations, and nine studies as “informative but with important limitations”. Overall, data do not support an association between use of oral contraceptives and increased risk of HIV acquisition. Uncertainty persists regarding whether an association exists between depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) use and risk of HIV acquisition. Most studies suggested no significantly increased HIV risk with norethisterone enanthate (NET-EN) use, but when assessed in the same study, point estimates for NET-EN tended to be larger than for DMPA, though 95% confidence intervals overlapped substantially. No data have suggested significantly increased risk of HIV acquisition with use of implants, though data were limited. No data are available on the relationship between use of contraceptive patches, rings, or hormonal intrauterine devices and risk of HIV acquisition. Women choosing progestin-only injectable contraceptives such as DMPA or NET-EN should be informed of the current uncertainty regarding whether use of these methods increases risk of HIV acquisition, and like all women at risk of HIV, should be empowered to access and use condoms and other HIV preventative measures. Programs, practitioners, and women urgently need guidance on how to maximize health with respect to avoiding both unintended pregnancy and HIV given inconclusive or limited data for certain HC methods.

Concepts: Pregnancy, Birth control, Emergency contraception, Hormonal contraception, Intrauterine device, Combined oral contraceptive pill, Condom, Combined injectable contraceptive


The purpose of this study was to compare 12-month continuation rates for DMPA-SC administered via self-injection and DMPA-IM administered by a health worker in Uganda.

Concepts: Health care, Cohort study, Cohort, Epidemiology, Clinical trial, Combined injectable contraceptive


Combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs), containing estrogen and progestin, are associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and arterial thromboembolism (ATE), compared with non-use. Few studies have examined whether non-oral formulations (including the combined hormonal patch, combined vaginal ring, and combined injectable contraceptives) increase the risk of thrombosis compared with combined oral contraceptives (COCs).

Concepts: Birth control, Blood, Thrombosis, Hormonal contraception, Combined oral contraceptive pill, Vein, Deep vein thrombosis, Combined injectable contraceptive


BACKGROUND: Cyclofem is a combined injectable contraceptive, containing medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) and estradiol cypionate. The objective was to characterize the steady-state pharmacokinetics (PK) using tandem liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry and compare these data to a previous PK study of this formulation in US women. STUDY DESIGN: Fifteen ovulatory, surgically sterile women received three Cyclofem injections, once every 28 days, with serum PK measurements on 23 separate days. Trough levels of estradiol and MPA were obtained on Days 1, 29 and 57, prior to each of the three injections. Steady-state concentrations of MPA and estradiol were assessed during the third treatment month on Days 58, 60, 62, 64, 67, 69, 71, 75, 78 and 85. MPA and serum progesterone levels were measured during the follow-up phase to assess MPA clearance (Days 92, 99, 106, 113, 120, 127, 134 and 141) and return of ovulation (Days 103, 106, 131 and 134). RESULTS: In the steady state, mean serum MPA concentrations peaked at 1.31 ng/mL at 4.1 days. Mean estradiol levels peaked at 254 pg/mL by 3.3 days. Ovulation was suppressed for at least 77 days post third injection in all but one woman. CONCLUSIONS: Once monthly injections of Cyclofem resulted in contraceptive levels of MPA without accumulation of hormones, consistent with a previous US study.

Concepts: Hormonal contraception, Combined oral contraceptive pill, Estrogen, Luteinizing hormone, Menstrual cycle, Progesterone, Steady state, Combined injectable contraceptive