The public health impact of obesity and unintended pregnancy is profound with far reaching consequences. Obese women are less likely to use contraception due to a variety of self-induced and systems-based barriers but their risk of becoming pregnant is similar to their normal weight counterparts. However, pregnancy-associated risks for obese women are higher than that of normal weight women and thus, pregnancy generally outweighs the risks of contraceptive use. Adequate counselling to prevent and/or plan for pregnancy is imperative for these women. Research that investigates the relationship between obesity and contraceptive use is urgently needed.
- Unintended pregnancy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism