According to Guttmacher, in 2011, nearly half of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the United States were unintended. This is a trend that remains. What’s more mind-boggling is the women who are predominantly affected by an unintended pregnancy or a UIP, which are, more often than not, aged between 18 and 44 and are from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Additionally, women of color are leading the way, hence furthering the disadvantages communities of color are constantly facing.
On that same note, a 2016 survey where 1,990 women of reproductive age participated – aged between 18 and 44 – disclosed that unintended pregnancies can impact their lives. From education to their mental health, they believe there’s a close correlation.
As information regarding women’s health continues to be released and updated, many people now understand that there are options to consider when a pregnancy arises.
BELatina News recently spoke with Dr. Erica Montes, a board-certified OB/GYN and founder of the Modern Mujer Blog, about the importance of prioritizing reproductive health and how women can find resources, while learning, about family planning and contraceptive options.
Dr. Montes, who was born and raised in Texas, is a fellow of the American College of OB/GYN and received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She was also elected one of three chief residents at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center-Parkland Hospital, the largest program in the nation.
Paying attention to health care providers who carry the same level of expertise as Dr. Montes is not only vital for women but also for those exploring what proper reproductive health and processes look like.
Truly, options exist out there, which is why it is so important for women to talk to their health care provider about what an ideal reproductive health plan looks like. This will allow her to weigh the variables such as effectiveness, safety, availability, cost, and more.
There are a number of contraceptive options to consider, and when considering her options, a woman may talk to her health care provider about what she is looking for with her contraception, including effectiveness, safety profile, availability, and cost, among other things.
During our chat with Dr. Erica Montes, she also mentioned tips that would prove to be helpful for women when they are trying to bring up the conversation with their own health care provider. She encouraged women of reproductive age to take a look at What’s Next For Her whenever they are considering their options as well.
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