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P045 Vaginal infections and contraception – results of a patient questionnaire
  1. Harriet Wallace1,
  2. Nadia Ekong1,
  3. Michelle Loftus-Keeling1,
  4. Jonathan Ross2,
  5. Catherine Armitage3,
  6. Janet Wilson1
  1. 1Leeds Sexual Health, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Leeds, UK
  2. 2University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Leeds Student Medical Practice, Leeds, UK


Introduction Bacterial vaginosis (BV) and candida are common problems among females using contraception. Associations between BV/candida and different contraception are described but not proven.

Aim(s)/objectives Establish knowledge of BV/candida among contraceptive users. Assess whether future research on BV/candida and contraception would interest patients.

Methods Surveys were distributed to females at two sexual health clinics and a student General Practice by staff not seeing patients. Responses were anonymous. Questions included knowledge of BV/candida, existing contraception, future contraceptive choices related to BV/candida and importance of research findings.

Results 298 completed a survey; 157/298 attending for contraception (90% using/starting a method), 141/298 attending for other sexual health reasons/GP consultation. Of 157 contraception patients, 22% were <20yrs, 96% were <35yrs. Overall, 40% had heard of BV and 39% of candida but in <20yrs, 26% had heard of BV, 17% candida. 47% were interested in outcomes of further research between BV/candida and contraception (30% neutral, 17% not interested), rising to 56% in those who had heard of BV and/or candida. Similar results were seen in surveys from 141 females not attending for contraception (58% interested if heard of BV and/or candida). 81% stated they would definitely/probably change from a contraceptive if it was proven to increase the development of BV/candida, and they acquired the infection.

Discussion There is patient interest in further research assessing associations between contraception and BV/candida, which would influence contraception choices. Patients preferred more knowledge on any links between contraceptive types and BV/candida rather than number of recurrences or persistence of symptoms.

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