Background: FABMs can be used to educate women to achieve or avoid
pregnancy and monitor heath. Previous studies indicate that up to 40% of women
are interested in using FABMs for family planning; however, no studies were
found to assess whether women are interested in FABMs to increase
self-awareness or monitor health.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey was administered to women
presenting for reproductive care at the Lowe Foundation Center for Women’s
Preventative Health Care and UT Southwestern’s Maple Clinic, a private and
public clinic respectively (N=664). 444 participants anonymously completed the
questionnaire for a response rate of 67%. Data was analyzed.
Results: Of the survey respondents, 45% (n=199) were from Maple
Clinic and 55% (n=245) were from the private clinic. 62% of the women surveyed
(n=275) indicated an interest in learning more about an FABM. Of those
interested, 34% specified a desire to learn more about their body, 31%
preferred to learn in order to avoid pregnancy, 28% for monitoring health, and
22% for achieving pregnancy. 50% of those interested (n=138) would prefer
asynchronous educational methods such as online lessons.
Discussions: This study suggests that women in both public and private
clinics are interested in learning about FABMs for more than just family
planning. Online resources may be a reasonable approach to begin educating patients.
Keywords: Community Health, Cultural Diversity/Cultural
Competency, Teaching Skills, Underserved Communities, Other