ABSTRACT: Approximately one half (51%) of the 6 million pregnancies each year in the United States are unintended. A reproductive life plan is a set of personal goals regarding whether, when, and how to have children based on individual priorities, resources, and values. A lack of reproductive life planning, limited access to contraception, and inconsistent use of contraceptive methods contribute to unintended pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly supports women’s access to comprehensive and culturally appropriate reproductive life planning and encourages obstetrician–gynecologists and other health care providers to use every patient encounter as an opportunity to talk with patients about their pregnancy intentions and to support initiatives that promote access to and availability of all effective contraceptive methods.
For a comprehensive overview of these recommendations, the fulltext version of this Committee Opinion is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0000000000001314.
Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women: This Committee Opinion was developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women. Member contributors included Wanda Nicholson, MD, MPH. This information should not be construed as dicatating an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed.
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Official Citation: Reproductive life planning to reduce unintended pregnancy. Committee Opinion No. 654. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2016;127:e66–9.
Received December 29, 2015
Accepted December 29, 2015