The purpose of this study is to determine whether contraceptive compliance by young women
can be improved through expanded counseling by a health educator at the initial clinic visit
as compared with standard care.
- Sexually active females 16 to 24 years of age who present to a University of Texas
Medical Branch (UTMB) clinic and request to initiate oral contraception for birth
- Women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Women who wish to become pregnant within the next 12 months.
- Women who have a medical contraindication to use of estrogen (e.g., thromboembolic
disease, acute liver disease, breast cancer, genital cancer, or undiagnosed genital
- Women wishing to initiate use of a contraceptive method that is not oral, such as
transdermal (the patch) or injectable (DMPA) methods, or the vaginal ring.
- Current and previous users of oral contraceptives.