We examine the association between pill restarters' main reason for prior discontinuation and their experiences on the pill, feelings about the method as they resume use and early experiences on it once they restart.
Pill restarters and new pill users did not differ on race and ethnicity or on the proportion of prior pregnancies that had been unplanned, but they differed on the other demographic characteristics.
In all, 687 pill restarters provided a main reason for their prior discontinuation; of these, 70% cited method-related reasons-17% side effects and 53% logistical problems (Table 2).
Some 628 pill restarters said that their main reason for discontinuation in the prior interval was side effects, logistics or fertility-related factors; of these, women citing side effects reported the most negative experiences with the method (Table 3).
Women who had previously discontinued oral contraceptive use because of side effects also were less firmly committed to choosing the pill at baseline than were other restarters. On the day they came to the clinic, these women were the least likely to have been considering the pill (81% vs.