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Objectives - Poverty and Reproductive Health

At the end of this section you will be able to:

  • Explain some of the income related barriers that exist to the access and proper use of contraception.

  • Contrast the experience of infertility for couples and individuals with higher and lower socioeconomic status.

  • Identify the challenges faced by low income women in pregnancy, especially those related to prenatal care, nutrition, smoking and social support.

  • Identify barriers to cervical and breast cancer screening faced by low income women, and describe ways in which these barriers may be overcome.

  • Identify barriers that exist for low income men and women to optimize their reproductive health, and describe strategies that may help overcome these barriers.

  • Describe the ways in which poverty and intimate partner violence interact and identify screening tools for woman abuse.