Contraception and Women with Learning Disabilities

Contraception and Women with Learning Disabilities

Contraception for women with intellectual / learning disabilities is not much discussed. It is a taboo subject. But important if we seek to uphold their right to retain their fertility, to choose to have children, to access sexual and reproductive health services, and to be fully involved in decision-making about their lives. But evidence suggests that women have little control over whether to take contraceptives, or their type, or have knowledge of health risks from long term use.

As part of an Open University team, I have been involved in 2 small scale pieces of research with women with intellectual disabilities. The first was an online survey of families, support staff, professionals and advocates. You can read about it here. This is a next to final version of a paper published in Learning Disability Practice in 2014.

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For the second project, funded by Open Society Foundation, we interviewd women with intellectual disabilities. Read more about it here, in a next to final version of a paper published in the Primary Care Journal in 2016

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