Progestin-only pill use over 6 months postpartum

Suji Uhm, Nuria Garcia-Ruiz, Mitchell D. Creinin, Aubrey Blanton, Melissa J. Chen

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Objectives: To determine progestin-only pill (POP) use at 3 and 6 months postpartum among women who chose POPs at the postpartum visit. Study Design: Secondary data analysis of a prospective observational study with telephone interviews at 3 and 6 months postpartum to assess contraceptive use. Results: Of 440 women who attended the postpartum visit, 92 (20.9%) chose POPs. Current POP use was 44/84 (52.4%) at 3 months, 33/76 (43.4%) at 6 months, and 32/76 (42.1%) at both 3- and 6-month follow-up assessments. Conclusion: About half of women who plan POP use at the postpartum visit are not using this method at 3 months after delivery. Implications: About half of women with a prescription for progestin-only pills will be not using this method at 3 months postpartum; further understanding of continued sexual activity and breastfeeding may clarify pregnancy risk for those not reporting modern contraception use during the postpartum period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Breastfeeding
  • Hormonal contraception
  • Postpartum contraception
  • Progestin-only pills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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