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Strategies to improve compliance among oral contraceptive pill users: a review of the literature

Authors Choi A, Dempsey A

Received 4 February 2014

Accepted for publication 17 April 2014

Published 17 June 2014 Volume 2014:5 Pages 17—22

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OAJC.S39111

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Angela Choi, Angela Dempsey

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA

Abstract: Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) remain the most commonly used reversible birth control method. Failure to adhere to daily pill taking and gaps in use are common and contribute to the risk of unintended pregnancy among OCP users. OCP compliance is influenced by a complex interplay of cognitive, behavioral, logistic, clinical, and social factors. This review outlines the evidence base for strategies that have been studied for their impact on OCP compliance.

Keywords: adherence, continuation, unintended pregnancy, reminder system

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