The Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health recently launched the “One Key Question” Campaign to encourage primary care doctors to ask their patients at checkups, “Do you want to become pregnant in the next year?”
Unlike the questions, “Are you sexually active?” or “Do you need birth control?” the wording of the question “Do you want to become pregnant in the next year?” allows a conversation to start with doctors and women who both do and do not want to become pregnant. For women who answer yes, doctors can give them preconception counseling and talk about staying healthy during pregnancy. For women who answer no, doctors can talk with them about contraceptive options.
Lets hope the One Key Question campaign helps reduce the unplanned pregnancy rates in Oregon. 50% of pregnancies in Oregon are unintended—we’ve got a long way to go!