U.S. Family Planning Improves Women’s Health

October 18, 2014 • Reproductive Health, United States, Daily Email Recap


New Analysis Quantifies the Wide-Ranging Benefits of the Contraceptive, STI and Cervical Cancer Prevention Services Provided as Part of Publicly Funded Family Planning Visits
See source/original: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/10/14/index.html


U.S. women have long relied on publicly funded family planning services as a critical source of preventive care. A new analysis shows just how vital this care is to ensuring the long-term health of women and their families.


According to “Return on Investment: A Fuller Assessment of the Benefits and Cost Savings of the US Publically Funded Family Planning Program,” by Jennifer J. Frost and colleagues, the public investment in family planning services not only helps women and couples avoid unintended pregnancy and abortion, but also helps them avoid cervical cancer, HIV and other STIs, infertility, and preterm and low birth-weight births-all while saving substantial public dollars. Services provided at Title X-supported health centers alone account for more than half the overall benefits.


As the Institute reported previously, contraceptive care provided during publicly supported family planning visits in 2010 helped women prevent an estimated 2.2 million unintended pregnancies, which would have led to 1.1 million unplanned births. This new analysis shows that approximately 288,000 of these births would have been spaced more closely than is medically recommended and 164,000 would have been preterm, low birth weight or both.


Without the STI services provided during family planning visits, an estimated 3.2 million women would have forgone chlamydia or gonorrhea testing, which would have resulted in tens of thousands of undetected and untreated STIs. In 2010, the STI testing provided during publicly supported family planning visits averted an estimated 99,000 cases of chlamydia, 16,000 cases of gonorrhea, 410 cases of HIV, 1,100 ectopic pregnancies and 2,200 cases of infertility.

See source/original: http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2014/10/14/index.html

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