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Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing


oral contraceptives, sex instruction for women


Thirty young women were asked to participate in a study to determine whether one-on-one teaching about the benefits and barriers of using oral contraceptives made a difference in their adherence rates. The study sought to answer these questions. Do females who experience a one-on-one nurse -client transaction exploring benefits and barriers to oral contraceptive use adhere better than those who do not? Do the females who adhere have fewer pregnancies? The females were divided into two groups, a control and experimental group. The experimental group received one-on-one nurse -client transaction related to the benefits and barriers of using oral contraceptives. The control group received the clinic protocol of written and verbal material on how to take their pills, what to do if they missed pills and reportable problems. No significant difference between the two groups of females was found. One female from each group dropped out of the study. Fourteen subjects in each group returned to the clinic at the one month follow-up. Of those, 12 of the experimental and 11 of the control group correctly followed the oral contraceptive regime. Three females in the control group were pregnant upon return, and one from the experimental group. This study indicated that one-on-one client transaction does not make a difference in whether or not young women adhere to their birth control regime.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Oral contraceptives
Sex instruction for women



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