Probability of continuation: With triphasic and monophasic (LD).

Type Journal Article - Shiraz E Medical Journal
Title Probability of continuation: With triphasic and monophasic (LD).
Volume 10
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
Page numbers 66-72
Introduction: Despite the same complications for LD and triphasic pills, it seems as if the continuation times for the two birth control methods are different.
Aims: To compare the continuation times and side effects of triphasic and monophasic LD use, and identify factors related to continuation and discontinuation.
Methods and Materials: A historical cohort study was conducted in Isfahan, Iran to determine and compare the probability of 5 years continuation of low dose monophasic (223) and triphasic (163) use among 386 reproductive married women.
Statistical analysis used: The continuation time of triphasic pill and LD pills were compared with Kaplan Meier by SPSS11.5 software.
Results: The cumulative proportion of continuation was significantly different between triphasic and LD groups in the first year of use [0.98 (LD) VS 0.84 (tri phsic)]. It was found that age, number of living children, education level and employment status didn’t have any role in choosing contraceptive method (p>0.05). In each group there was a significant relationship between these variables and median duration of OCP use. Despite similar complications and total discontinuation, 5 year continuation time of triphasic was lower than that observed for LD.
Conclusions: It seems as though consumption of triphasic OCP requires more attention, as it should be taken on a regular schedule, and missing a dose for more than two hours reduces its efficacy. Therefore, health care professions should consider more factors before offering clients triphasic pills in order to reduce discontinuation time.

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