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Characteristics of abortion care seekers in south-western Nigeria.
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PMID:  17348327     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This prospective hospital-based study was carried out to understand the characteristics of abortion care seekers in south-western Nigeria. Information was obtained from a total of 1876 women seeking abortion at hospitals using a questionnaire. The results show that majority (60%) were between the ages of 15 and 24 years, of which adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 years constituted 23.7%. Most (63.2%) of the respondents were unmarried, but married women also constituted a significant proportion (30.2%) of the abortion care seekers. Students were the single highest group, while the predominant economic activity was trading (26.7%). Respondents terminated their pregnancies mainly because they were students or because they did not desire to have children. Most (35.5%) of the women were introduced to providers by friends. Average contraceptive prevalence among the abortion care seekers was 27.4%. It is obvious from the results that young persons, especially in-school adolescents, should be targeted for comprehensive sexuality education especially in view of the current HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Boniface A Oye-Adeniran; Isaac F Adewole; Augustine V Umoh; Ohluwafunmilayo R Fapohunda; Ngozi Iwere
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  African journal of reproductive health     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1118-4841     ISO Abbreviation:  Afr J Reprod Health     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-12     Completed Date:  2007-04-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712263     Medline TA:  Afr J Reprod Health     Country:  Nigeria    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / psychology,  utilization*
Age Distribution
Educational Status
Marital Status
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
Prospective Studies
Students / statistics & numerical data

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