Correlation Engine 2.0
Clear Search sequence regions

Sizes of these terms reflect their relevance to your search.

To describe the intrauterine contraception (IUC) adoption process among nulliparous adolescents and to identify the role of the medical provider in this trajectory. We conducted semistructured interviews with a clinic-based sample of 20 nulliparous adolescents (aged 15-24 years) with a history of IUC use. Interviews were analyzed using modified grounded theory and cross-case analysis to reveal a process model for IUC adoption, with a focus on the role of the medical provider. The model includes the following stages: first awareness, initial reaction, information gathering, adoption, and adjustment and reassessment. It is influenced by personal preferences and experiences, friends, family, sexual partner(s), and medical providers. Interactions with medical providers that study participants found helpful in navigating the adoption process included the use of visuals; tailored counseling to address specific contraceptive needs; assurance that IUC discontinuation was an option; information on a wide range of side effects; medical provider self-disclosure regarding use of IUC; and addressing and validating concerns, both before and after IUC insertion. Nulliparous adolescents in this study described a complex IUC adoption process in which the medical provider plays a substantial supportive role. Findings from this study may be used to counsel and support future nulliparous adolescents regarding IUC use. Copyright © 2013 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Margot K Brown, Colette Auerswald, Stephen L Eyre, Julianna Deardorff, Christine Dehlendorf. Identifying counseling needs of nulliparous adolescent intrauterine contraceptive users: a qualitative approach. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2013 Mar;52(3):293-300

Expand section icon Mesh Tags

PMID: 23299012

View Full Text