The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Patterns of contraception in UK women with Type 1 diabetes mellitus: A GP database study

Lawrenson, R.A., Leydon, G.M., Williams, T.J., Newson, R.B. and Feher, M.D. (1999) Patterns of contraception in UK women with Type 1 diabetes mellitus: A GP database study Diabetic Medicine, 16, (5), pp. 395-399. (doi:10.1046/j.1464-5491.1999.00074.x). (PMID:10342339).

Record type: Article


Aim: To establish the patterns of contraceptive prescribing for women aged 15–49 with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM) and compare them with the patterns in women without diabetes.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study using a UK primary care database.

Results: Nine hundred and thirty-eight women with a diagnosis of Type 1 DM were identified. A comparison group of women aged 15–49 without diabetes (n = 10 000) were randomly selected from the database. Twenty-five per cent of the women with diabetes and 32% without diabetes were prescribed a hormonal contraceptive in 1994. Women with Type 1 DM were more likely to be prescribed a combined oral contraceptive than a progestogen only pill (POP) but were 2.12 (95% CI 1.65–2.72) times more likely to be prescribed a POP than women without diabetes and were less likely to be prescribed a combined pill – odds ratio 0.53 (95% CI 0.44–0.64). The pregnancy rate in women with Type 1 DM over the age of 25 years was lower than for women without diabetes. Women under 25 years with Type 1 DM seemed more likely to record a pregnancy.

Conclusions: Differences between women with Type 1 DM and those without diabetes highlight the variation in the way that GPs and patients evaluate the risks and benefits when deciding on contraception.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: May 1999
Keywords: contraception, diabetes mellitus (type 1), preganancy, oral contraceptive


Local EPrints ID: 184369
ISSN: 0742-3071
PURE UUID: da7e9187-d244-43fd-a42d-2d0bf3ef3816

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 05 May 2011 14:42
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:51

Export record



Author: R.A. Lawrenson
Author: G.M. Leydon
Author: T.J. Williams
Author: R.B. Newson
Author: M.D. Feher

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.