This brief is about the use of contraceptives, the unintended pregnancy rates, and birth defects among active duty servicewomen as compared to the civilian population. In policy and practice, servicewomen and female veterans should use reproductive and health services provided by local VA medical centers and discuss environmental exposures to their healthcare provider, who should conduct full exams with patients and discuss healthcare needs while the servicemembers are deployed; the DoD should look into the use of portable medical equipment and how to support all servicemembers, and policymakers may consider funding DoD programs for counseling about women's reproductive healthcare options. Suggestions for future research include adding samples from racial/ethnic minorities into studies about servicewomen's reproductive health and studying effective training to promote contraceptive use.
Krulewitch C. J. (2016). Reproductive health of active duty women in medically austere environments. Military Medicine, 181(1 Suppl), 63–69. https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-15-00221
Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Reproductive and Urinary Physiology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Health and wellness, Veterans, Military, Active duty military, Female veterans, Reproductive health, Family planning, Military deployment, Research briefs
Veterans--United States; Soldiers; Women veterans; Reproductive health; Family planning services; Deployment (Strategy)
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Reproductive Health of Active Duty Women in Medically Austere Environments"" (2017). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 287.
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