Contraceptive behaviour of teenagers requesting abortion

Zoltán Kozinszky, György Bártai

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the contraceptive use of teenage girls requesting abortion. Study design: A questionnaire survey was made concerning contraceptive use, awareness and the attitude toward contraceptives. The Mantel-Haenszel test was applied to compare contraceptive determinants between teenagers (<20 years old) and older women. Results: The use of reliable contraceptive methods was significantly less frequent among the teenagers than among the older counterparts, but this difference was much more significant (P<0.001) between those who requested abortion (OR=0.44) than between the controls (OR=0.51). The knowledge about emergency contraceptive pills was similarly significantly poorer between the teenagers in the abortion group (P<0.001) relative to the older women (OR=0.07) and the teenagers in the control group (OR=0.10). Financial means was not a significant determinant in the choice of contraceptives. Conclusion: To prevent unwanted pregnancy among teenagers, the media, the family, the school and health-care providers should focus on sexual education and information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-83
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Volume112
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2004

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Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Contraception
  • Teenagers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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