We Know How to Fight Zika in Puerto Rico — But We Aren’t Given Women the Tools to Do It

August 23, 2016

(The Washington Post) – As part of my OB/GYN family-planning fellowship at Boston Medical Center, I helped educate health-care providers of obstetrics and gynecology about patient-centered contraceptive counseling and access to all forms of contraception. The harsh fact, though, is that the virus is spreading much faster than our efforts to spread awareness and resources, and the effects are devastating. Given how quickly people are becoming infected, it is critically important to put contraception into the hands of women in Puerto Rico. It is by no means a cure for those already infected by Zika, but contraception serves to drastically reduce the chances of those infected men and women creating unintended pregnancies that could result in children born with birth defects.