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Measuring pregnancy intention and its relationship with contraceptive use among women undergoing therapeutic abortion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16627038     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Most pregnancies ending in therapeutic abortion are assumed to have been unintended. In the developed world, most arise from inconsistent or incorrect contraceptive use. Ambivalence about pregnancy might be associated with less effective contraceptive use. METHODS: Three hundred sixteen women undergoing abortion in Scotland were interviewed about contraceptive use at the time of conception. A modified measure of pregnancy intendedness was used to determine ambivalence. RESULTS: Pregnancy appeared to be clearly unintended for 92% of women. Sixteen percent were not using contraception and had higher intendedness scores (p<.001) than those using a method. Forty-four percent were using contraception inconsistently or incorrectly, almost always condoms or oral contraception, but method choice was not linked to pregnancy intendedness. DISCUSSION: Women who are ambivalent about the desire for pregnancy are less likely to use contraception. The challenge for reducing abortion rates lies in improving contraceptive use among the much larger group of women who do not intend to get pregnant but use contraception imperfectly.
Catherine Schünmann; Anna Glasier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-02-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contraception     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0010-7824     ISO Abbreviation:  Contraception     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-21     Completed Date:  2006-10-10     Revised Date:  2007-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234361     Medline TA:  Contraception     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  520-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
NHS Lothian Family Planning and Well Woman Services, Edinburgh, EH4 1NL Scotland, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Therapeutic / psychology*
Contraception Behavior / psychology*
Contraceptive Agents
Contraceptive Devices / utilization*
Middle Aged
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contraceptive Agents
Comment In:
Contraception. 2007 Jan;75(1):79; author reply 79   [PMID:  17161129 ]

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