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Quality of Life Among Japanese Oral Contraceptive Users

  • Y. Matsumoto
  • S. Yamabe
  • K. Ideta
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Abstract:

It is difficult to judge the well-being in sexual and reproductive health as it is very subjective matter. QOL is a possible indicator to measure sexual and reproductive health.  Oral contraceptives (OC) can contribute greatly to a woman’s well being by providing a choice of family planning and also as a tool to improve menstruation and hormonal-dependent symptoms such as  dysmenorrhea, irregular menstrual cycles,  menorrhagia,  premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and acne. WHO has developed an assessment instrument for QOL, which has proven systematically relevance in cross-cultural research. WHOQOL-Bref is comprised of 5 domains; physical health, psychological, social relationships, environment, and overall. We performed a questionnaire study to measure QOL among Japanese OC users. QOL measurement using WHOQOL-Bref showed the effectiveness of OC in providing side benefits, however, OC can worsen the QOL of users if it is taken only for contraceptive purpose. Studies have proven that women are more satisfied with permanent contraceptive methods such as vasectomy and tubal ligation than nonpermanent methods such as intrauterine device, injection, and OC. However, compliance has improved among OC users after counseling. Information, education, and counseling before staring OC will improve the practice of family planning and promote QOL among OC users.

Keywords

Oral Contraceptive Reproductive Health Sexual Health Contraceptive Method Sexually Transmit Disease 
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List of Abbreviations:

DSFI

derogatis sexual functioning inventory

ICPD

international conference on population and development

OC

oral contraceptives

PMS

premenstrual syndrome

STD

sexually transmitted diseases

WHOQOL

World Health Organization quality of life

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Matsumoto
    • 1
  • S. Yamabe
    • 1
  • K. Ideta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of International CooperationYodogawa Christian HospitalOsakaJapan

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