While the prevalence of unintended pregnancies in the general population in the United States is roughly 50%, it is much higher among women with substance use disorder (SUD). Unintended pregnancy is associated with a wide range of negative outcomes for women, children, and their families. For women with SUDs, these risks can include outcomes such as prenatal substance exposure and compromised SUD treatment retention. A major driver of this high burden of unintended pregnancies among women with SUD is the low utilization of effective contraception.
To effectively address this disparity, a paradigm shift in how reproductive/sexual health is conceptualized for women with SUD is needed. Over two days and 4 virtual sessions, the presenters will aid the audience in making this paradigm shift to broad focus on sexual health education, literacy and reproductive life planning.