Janice D. Smith, CNM, MS, is a graduate of the University of Michigan's nurse-midwifery program. She is currently practicing at the Center for Women's Health at Evergreen, Kirkland, WA.
Why Do Women Miss Oral Contraceptive Pills? An Analysis of Women's Self-Described Reasons for Missed Pills
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2005 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 50, Issue 5, pages 380–385, September-October 2005
How to Cite
Smith, J. D. and Oakley, D. (2005), Why Do Women Miss Oral Contraceptive Pills? An Analysis of Women's Self-Described Reasons for Missed Pills. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 50: 380–385. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.01.011
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- oral contraceptives;
- women's behavior;
- contraceptive counseling
Inconsistent use of oral contraceptives (OCs) exposes women to risks of unintended pregnancy. This study explored women's self-described reasons for missed OC pills. Data from diary cards completed by 141 women were studied to see how reasons for missing pills were related to patterns of pill use. The findings suggest that practitioners might improve OC use by focusing on the reasons that women miss pills, thus providing a more tailored approach that addresses individual risks based on women's personal experiences.