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Contraceptive practices and menstrual patterns in women aged 18–50 years awaiting bariatric surgery
  1. Yitka N H Graham1,2,
  2. Diana J Mansour3,
  3. Peter K Small1,2,
  4. Ian S Fraser1,4
  1. 1 Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, UK; yitka.graham@sunderland.ac.uk
  2. 2 Bariatric Surgical Unit, Directorate of General Surgery, Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear; peter.small@chsft.nhs.uk
  3. 3 New Croft Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK; diana.mansour@nuth.nhs.uk
  4. 4 University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; ian.frasercastlecrag@gmail.com
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yitka N H Graham, Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, SR1 3SD, UK; yitka.graham{at}sunderland.ac.uk

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The Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) Clinical Effectiveness Unit is developing a guideline looking at contraceptive options for women with weight issues. We hope that this guideline will include information for those facing bariatric surgery as almost 80% of women requesting this procedure are in their reproductive years.1 These women are also advised to avoid pregnancy for up to 24 months following surgery, making effective, reversible contraception an ideal choice.2

With this in mind, we therefore asked women aged between 18 and 50 years on a bariatric surgery waiting list to complete a voluntary, anonymous online survey about their sexual and reproductive health. Ethical approval was granted by the National Health Service, University of Sunderland and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust Research Ethics Committees.

There were 42 responders with the majority (38%, n=16) aged between 35 and 44 years old, 92% (n=38) were heterosexual and 71% (n=30) had children. All participants …

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