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Introduction to Contraception

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) recognizes family planning as an important aspect of life and a basic human right.[1] Yet there are many barriers to accessing an appropriate method of contraception and using it consistently and correctly, particularly for individuals with low incomes and low levels of literacy.One study found that 8 of 14 condom package inserts required a level of literacy consistent with high school completion.[2] Another study found that 75% of patients needed help in understanding the package inserts in oral contraceptives.[2]


1. Black, A et al. Canadian contraception consensus. JOGC 2004;26:158-74

2. Parker, RM, Williams, MV, Baker, DW, Nurss, JR. Literacy and contraception: Exploring the link. Obstetrics and Gynecology 1996;88:72S-77S.

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