Contraceptive practices of women attending termination of pregnancy - a study from South Australia

Hudson, Gina, and Hawkins, Russell (1995) Contraceptive practices of women attending termination of pregnancy - a study from South Australia. British Journal of Family Planning, 21. pp. 61-64.

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This paper reviews the contraceptive practices of 1407 women presenting at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) termination of Pregnancy Clinic (Adelaide, South Australia). Date were obtained over a six year period, from January 198 to December 1993. The most frequent causes of unplanned pregnancy were contraceptive failure (59 per cent) and unprotected intercourse (41 per cent). Women with a history of previous abortion were more likely than other women to have been contraception at the time of the current pregnancy and were more likely to have been using more effective forms of contraception. Over the six year period, the incidence of unprotected intercourse decreased significantly, the use of hormonal methods of contraception remained relatively constant and the use of barrier methods increased significantly. Before abortion, older women were more likely than younger women to have been using barrier contraception. Following abortion, there was a genera shift by all women towards increased use of hormonal methods, but the age patter remained with older women continuing to use barrier methods more frequently than younger women. Women who experienced failed condoms were more likely to use post coital contraception. Emergency port coital contraception was utilised by three per cent of subjects.

Item ID: 50957
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0144-8625
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 04:44
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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