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Women’s recall of requirements for oral contraception prescription in Italy
  1. Francesca Mulas1,
  2. Fabio Parazzini1,2,3,
  3. Alessandro Bulfoni2,
  4. Tiziano Motta2
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Sciences and Community, Midwifery School, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
  2. 2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fondazione IRCSS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
  3. 3 Fondazione IRCSS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fabio Parazzini, Department of Clinical Sciences and Community, Midwifery School, University of Milan; Fondazione IRCSS Cà Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy; fabio.parazzini{at}unimi.it

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In Italy the use of oral contraceptives (OCs) is low in comparison with other countries,1 possibly because bimanual pelvic examination and laboratory tests are required before they can be prescribed. Such requirements may stop OCs being used, particularly by teenagers and young women, and so should be considered only in selected cases.2–4 We investigated the recall of these requirements by teenagers and young women in an online anonymous questionnaire on Facebook. Duplicate responses were ignored.

A total of 842 women (mean age 21.5 (SD 1.7) years) completed the questionnaire; 236 smoked cigarettes, 177 had graduated …

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