Higgins published in Contraception

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UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD published the article Beyond Safety and Efficacy: Sexuality-Related Priorities and Their Associations with Contraceptive Method Selection in Contraception!

In the study, Higgins and colleagues assessed contraceptive preferences in people selecting new methods, and gauged whether (and to what degree) sexuality-related preferences affected their choices. The sexuality-related preferences evaluated were methods’ lack of impact on libido, and methods’ lack of sexual interruption.

The study found that many patients ranked sexual priorities as very important, along with safety and efficacy:

“Since patients endorse the importance of sexual-related contraceptive factors (impact on libido, impact on sexual interruption) alongside safety and efficacy, contraceptive research, counseling and care should attend to people's sexuality.”

Read the whole study here.