Using Reproductive Health as a Strategy to Engage Youth in Preventive Care

Jessica B. Calihan, Michelle Recto, Noah Wheeler, Kathy Tomaszewski, Maria Trent

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Purpose: This research examined differences in receipt of recommended preventive services by contraceptive use in adolescent and young adult (AYA) women. Methods: Data are from a retrospective chart review of 408 AYA women who received sexual health risk reduction counseling in an urban academic AYA clinic. Descriptive, bivariate, and logistic regression analyses were used to examine relationships between contraception use and receipt of care. Results: AYA women aged 12–24 years using hormonal contraception were more likely to receive recommended preventive care, including an annual preventive visit and sexually transmitted infection screening, compared with those using condoms or no contraception. Women using medium-acting reversible contraception were more likely to have an annual visit compared with those not using hormonal contraception. Conclusions: AYA women using contraception are more likely to receive recommended preventive health services, suggesting reproductive health visits may be used to promote engagement around preventive care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-526
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Adolescent women
  • Contraception use
  • Primary care
  • Reproductive health
  • Young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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