The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is asking doctors to rethink their roles in the delivery of birth control pills and procedures, after a survey found that they’re often not the first choice.
The survey, conducted last year, found that fewer than 5% of OB-GYNs were actively providing care to women in need of birth-control medication.
The CDC says that nearly 2 in 5 OB-gyns did not offer contraception in a given year.
“It’s very difficult to see that as a benefit to women, especially when they are having a difficult time getting birth control in the first place,” said Dr. Nancy Reisch, president and CEO of the AAP.
“This is a health crisis that we are facing.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College Of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists are saying we have to change.”
Reisch says that the survey showed that women are reluctant to seek OB-gyn care and that a lack of access to care can make birth control less effective.
“Women are saying, ‘I’m not seeing a doctor for my birth control.
I just want to get on the phone with someone to get my pills,'” Reisch said.
“We have to make sure that we can reach out to these women and get them to take care of themselves.”
In an attempt to find more OB-gyns to help out with the shortage, the AAP is working to get their name on a list of the most active OB-gen centers in the country.
The list will include all OB-Gs that have received accreditation since January 2020, as well as the OB-Gyns that have a total of at least 20 patient referrals in the past 12 months.
The organization says it hopes to recruit 30 OB-Gen centers by 2020.
For many, this is not the end of their journey with birth control—they may have other plans, like getting an abortion, or just want a more discreet method of birth Control.
The AAP has launched a website, birthcontrolconsidered.com, that provides information on all forms of contraception available, including the pill, the IUD, implants, the condoms, and more.
The organization also recently launched a blog to share more information on birth control options and provide more information to women and families.
“This is about giving women a place to come together and share their experiences with OB-care,” said Reisch.
“Our goal is to get more women into OB-Care and make sure they know how to get it, and that they can make their own decisions about how they want to live their lives.”
The AAP encourages women to take the pill at least once during their first year of school and use birth control to prevent pregnancy, but does not recommend that women stop taking birth control at this point.