Just one method among others: examining long-acting reversible contraception (non-)use

Name: Jacqueline Coombe

Supervisors: Prof Deborah Loxton, Dr Melissa Harris

In Australia, the uptake of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC; intrauterine devices, contraceptive implants) is quite low, particularly among younger women. My research aimed to examine this phenomenon using data from the Contraceptive Use, Pregnancy Intention and Decisions (CUPID) Study. My thesis employed a mixed-methods approach, comprising a systematic review, quantitative analysis and two qualitative analyses, the first utilising free-text comments and the second semi-structured interviews. Overall, I found that although there are barriers to LARC use among women who would benefit or desire them, these methods are not the only options available to women who will continue to use whichever method best suits her needs.