Abstract Number: PB1285
Meeting: ISTH 2021 Congress
Background: Estrogen-based medication is among the risk factors for thrombosis. This research is centred around the knowledge of potential risks in young women of venous thromboembolism (VTE) related to HC. This can be significantly reduced with a proactive knowledge translation intervention. Global health initiatives focus on raising awareness of contraception options and improving understating of side effects, risks and benefits.
Aims: To identify the gaps in knowledge of HC among young women particularly around thrombosis, to better inform about the risks/various choices available, and to support prevention programs.
Methods: 681 females aged 18-30 years in various academic programs in two post-secondary instructions completed an anonymous online survey exploring three sections: demographics, use/type/duration (UD) of HC, and knowledge of risks and benefits associated with HC including thrombosis. Mann Whitney U test and Spearman Correlation were used to determine differences in knowledge level about contraceptives across age groups, education levels (EL), and use/type/duration of HC.
Results: Of the 681 participants, 476 were users of HC (264 >1 year) and 199 non-HC users. 45% have post-secondary diplomas or degrees. The knowledge level of HC risks was associated with duration of use and overall knowledge level of thrombosis and HC. Knowledge level of thrombosis was positively correlated with UD, EL and age. Participants with higher EL had an increased knowledge surrounding thrombosis. Those who have been using HC for a duration of 5 years or longer had a significantly higher level of knowledge of thrombosis and risks of HC than users with a shorter UD. Finally, the knowledge level of HC risks is correlated with one another.
|3.Method of contraception||674||–||.65||.51|
|6.Subscore of knowledge level||610||–||.13||.00**||.31||.00**||.00**|
|7.Subscore of Knowledge level of HC risks||602||–||.00**||.25||.04*||.68||.44||.81|
Conclusions: Misconceptions remain among young women concerning the benefits and risks of HC and targeted educational intervention can address this to better inform young women and to support prevention programs.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Deng Y, Tierney S, Geauvreau A, Velez M, Othman M. Hormonal Contraception (HC) and Thrombosis: Identifying the Gaps in Knowledge among Young Woman [abstract]. Res Pract Thromb Haemost. 2021; 5 (Suppl 2). https://abstracts.isth.org/abstract/hormonal-contraception-hc-and-thrombosis-identifying-the-gaps-in-knowledge-among-young-woman/. Accessed August 19, 2022.
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