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Reasons for unprotected intercourse in adult women: a qualitative study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17336821     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite the focus on adolescents, most unintended pregnancies occur in adults. The objective of this study was to identify reasons why adult women have unprotected intercourse when they do not desire pregnancy. We held 4 focus groups to explore reasons for unprotected intercourse. Participants were adult women aged 18 to 39 who were unmarried, fertile, not currently pregnant, not desiring pregnancy, and who had recently had intercourse without using effective contraception. Sessions were audiotaped and transcripts were analyzed thematically. Women gave 146 reasons for unprotected intercourse. Four major categories emerged: method-related, user-related, partner-related, and cost/access-related reasons. The reasons for unprotected intercourse were numerous, but could be organized into a logical framework. The results suggest that multidimensional interventions may be needed to effectively reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy.
Mary Nettleman; Jennifer Brewer; Adejoke Ayoola
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of midwifery & women's health     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1542-2011     ISO Abbreviation:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Publication Date:    2007 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-05     Completed Date:  2007-03-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909407     Medline TA:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  148-52     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, B427 Clinical Center, East Lansing, Michigan 48823, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Coitus / psychology*
Contraception Behavior / psychology*
Focus Groups
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Pregnancy, Unwanted / psychology*
Sex Education
Single Person / psychology
Unsafe Sex / psychology*
Women's Health*

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