Session Date: April 22, 2021
Session Description: Contraceptive-Induced Menstrual Changes (CIMCs) impact users’ lives resulting in consequences such as dissatisfaction with and discontinuation of contraceptives. Studies show that 20–33% of married women with unmet need report not using contraception because of concerns about side effects, including CIMCs. CIMCs can also result in opportunities such as lifestyle improvements and potential treatment of menstrual disorders. However, the FP and MH fields often do not adequately incorporate these considerations into research, programs, and policies. In order to do this better, it is essential to understand CIMC experiences and how these impact health behaviors and quality of life. In this session, panelists will provide an overview of CIMCs and identify key research findings and gaps related to users’ experiences with CIMCs. Panelists will also introduce the CIMC Global Call to Action and research agenda, which is meant to spark conversations and inspire new work related to this rich and multi-faceted topic.