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Clinicians should consider the effect of bodily metaphors when discussing contraceptive options
  1. Susan Walker, DFSRH, PhD
  1. Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health, Department of Primary and Public Health, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK;

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The way in which women imagine their own bodies, and the metaphors upon which they draw, may affect their attitudes towards and willingness to use certain methods of contraception. Biomedical science draws upon an implicitly mechanistic metaphor, which views the human body as a complex machine with purely utilitarian functions.1 This …

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