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A Survey of Bariatric Surgical and Reproductive Health Professionals’ Knowledge and Provision of Contraception to Reproductive-Aged Bariatric Surgical Patients

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Diana Mansour, Kamal Mahawar, Dr Scott Wilkes


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© 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Background: Over 80 % of bariatric surgical patients are women with obesity in their reproductive years. Obesity adversely affects fertility; the rapid weight loss following bariatric surgery can increase fecundity. Current guidelines recommend avoiding pregnancy for up to 24 months following surgery, but little is known about current contraceptive care of women who undergo bariatric surgery. Two surveys were undertaken with bariatric surgical and contraceptive practitioners in England to establish current contraceptive practices in both groups. Methods: Two anonymous on-line surveys were sent to all 382 members of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) and an estimated 300 contraceptive practitioners in the North East of England. Results: The BOMSS survey elicited a response rate of 17 % (n = 65), mainly from bariatric surgeons (n = 24 (36 %)). Most respondents (97 %) acknowledged the need to educate patients, but contraceptive information was only provided by 7 % (n = 4) of respondents in bariatric surgical clinics. Less than half of respondents were confident discussing contraception, and the majority requested further training, guidance and communication with contraceptive practitioners. The majority of respondents to the contraceptive practitioner survey were general practitioners (28 %, n = 20). Three quarters of respondents reported little knowledge of bariatric surgery, and many reported not seeing women with obesity requiring contraception before (66 %, n = 45) or after surgery (71 %, n = 49). Conclusions: There is a need to increase knowledge levels of contraception within bariatric surgical teams and to understand why, despite increasing levels of bariatric surgery, women do not seem to be appearing for advice in contraceptive settings.

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Author(s): Graham YNH, Mansour D, Small PK, Hinshaw K, Gatiss S, Mahawar KK, McGarry K, Wilkes S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Obesity Surgery

Year: 2016

Volume: 26

Issue: 8

Pages: 1918-1923

Print publication date: 01/08/2016

Online publication date: 22/01/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 0960-8923

ISSN (electronic): 1708-0428

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s11695-015-2037-4


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