The pandemic and its associated economic disruption are stressful. Associated worries over what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Add the needed public health actions such as social distancing, and many people can feel isolated and lonely. Any accompanying or pre-existing depression and anxiety are risks in themselves. These emotions can place women at greater risk of experiencing an unintended pregnancy, compared to women without depression and anxiety. The role of the reproductive health provider should, at a minimum, entail screening for common mood disorders, differentiating sub-clinical symptomatology from a diagnosable disorder, ruling out differential diagnoses.
While many states across the country are easing COVID-19-related restrictions and businesses are beginning to open up, the threat posed by the pandemic is still present. Data as of late June showed that the daily number of new coronavirus cases was climbing in 22 states. But with restrictions loosening and people emerging from quarantine, what do you tell your patients who ask—is sex safe? The question is explored by ASHA—the American Sexual Health Association. (The authors of Contraceptive Technology are pleased to partner with ASHA for our September virtual conference!) The answer, in short—it can be, but …
As the Covid-19 pandemic grips the nation, health care providers continue to deliver excellent services to patients, many at substantial risk to their own well-being and well-ordered lives. Even outside the direct-care services for patients infected with the virus, providers face varying degrees of risk of contagion, and they carry on. These are the bright, dedicated, and courageous faces in the pandemic. The shadowy face, however, is evident in structural fault lines in the health care infrastructure: the crises due to health-care-resource shortfalls and systemic inequities giving rise to health disparities. These are not new problems, just ones that have become more apparent under pressure.
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