GDM link to hormonal contraceptive methods

THE study in 2700 women in the Missouri Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, where women self-report 2–6 months after their child was born, showed that women who used hormonal methods of contraception had 43% higher odds of having gestational diabetes.

Conversely, women who used barrier contraceptive methods had a 21% lower risk of developing gestational diabetes, with both measures adjusted for age, race, education, marital status and prenatal care.

The authors said more research was needed to assess hormonal contraception as a potential risk factor for gestational diabetes.