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Mitigating (Mis)Conceptions: Expanding Contraceptive Choice and Access in the Yukon

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High rates of unintended pregnancy risk undermining women’s sexual and reproductive health rights in the Yukon. This ongoing issue can be ameliorated through convenient access to highly effective contraceptive methods and related contraceptive care. 117 Yukon women of reproductive age (19-49) participated in a study designed to explore the current status of unintended pregnancy and contraceptive access in the territory. The study identifies three main barriers to access: limited constellation of authorized contraceptive providers, underutilization of contraceptive counselling to promote consistent use of effective contraception, and constraints of method cost on affordability. This study identifies cost-effective policy responses to improve contraceptive access and care in the Yukon: expanding the role of pharmacists and nurse practitioners as key providers of contraceptive care, offering opportunities for professional training in contraceptive counselling and practice, extending services through an integrated after-hours sexual health clinic, and subsidizing the cost of contraception.
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