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2021 Major Report

Reproductive health: Contraception, conception, and change of life – Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

The ALSWH 2021 Major Report has been prepared in consultation with the Australian Government Department of Health and other stakeholders to focus on key research topics about women’s reproductive health.

  • Contraception
    • The uptake, and factors that are related to the uptake, of different methods of contraception, including in-depth examinations of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) and Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) use.
  • Patterns of pregnancy and issues related to pregnancy including:
    • Fertility problems,
    • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
    • Perinatal mental health.
  • The menopause transition:
    • Updated findings concerning the menopause transition
    • The impact of age at menopause and menopausal symptoms on health outcomes.
  • COVID-19
    • The impact of COVID-19 on family planning and contraceptive choices during 2020.

The report presents general trends observed across the 1989-95, 1973-78, and 1946-51 ALSWH cohorts, using both survey data and linked administrative datasets (MBS, PBS, and the state-based perinatal data collections), where appropriate.

Loxton D, Byles J, Tooth L, Barnes I, Byrnes E, Cavenagh D, Chung H-F, Egan N, Forder P, Harris M, Hockey R, Moss K, Townsend N & Mishra GD. Report prepared for the Australian Government Department of Health, May 2021.