Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on family planning services.

16 Sep 2021

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing healthcare disparities worldwide and has challenged access to family planning (FP) services. RECENT FINDINGS: Research has identified ways in which government regulations and healthcare programs have inhibited or increased access to FP services, as well as how the pandemic has changed individuals' sexual and reproductive health behaviors and intentions. SUMMARY: The pandemic has had both positive and negative effects on access to FP services. Innovations in various delivery services, extended use of contraception, telehealth for medication abortion, and a no-test medication abortion protocol have decreased the need for in-person visits and improved access to FP services.