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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 15 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Reproductive Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology