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Unintended pregnancy among active-duty women in the United States military, 2008.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23344272     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To estimate unintended pregnancy rates among a representative sample of 7,225 active-duty women in the U.S. military in 2008 and to compare these rates with 2005 and with the U.S. population.
METHODS: Cross-sectional data came from the 2008 Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors among Active Duty Military Personnel (Health Related Behaviors Survey). For all women and by key subgroups, unintended pregnancy rates per 1,000 women were calculated and compared with rates reported in the 2005 Health Related Behaviors Survey. Univariable and multivariable logistic regression to test for associations between unintended pregnancy and key subgroups was also performed. Finally, an age-standardized unintended pregnancy rate was calculated to adjust for differences in age composition between the military and U.S. populations for better comparison with the general U.S. rate.
RESULTS: Eleven percent of women reported an unintended pregnancy in the prior 12 months. The 2008 self-reported unintended pregnancy rate was 105 per 1,000 women, an increase from 2005 (97/1,000 women). Younger, less educated, nonwhite, and married or cohabitating women had significantly higher rates of unintended pregnancy compared with their counterparts. Rates did not differ between women deployed in the prior 12 months and nondeployed women. The age-standardized rate was 78 per 1,000 women (95% confidence interval 77-79), which is 50% higher than the general U.S. population (52/1,000 women).
CONCLUSION: Unintended pregnancy rates in the military are high and have increased in most key subgroups since the 2005 survey. Efforts are needed to help servicewomen prevent unintended pregnancy, including during deployment.
Kate Grindlay; Daniel Grossman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  121     ISSN:  1873-233X     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-24     Completed Date:  2013-04-05     Revised Date:  2013-06-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  241-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Ibis Reproductive Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Military Personnel / statistics & numerical data*
Pregnancy, Unplanned*
United States
Young Adult
Comment In:
Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Feb;121(2 Pt 1):229-30   [PMID:  23344269 ]
Obstet Gynecol. 2013 May;121(5):1111-2   [PMID:  23635761 ]
Obstet Gynecol. 2013 May;121(5):1111   [PMID:  23635759 ]
Womens Health (Lond Engl). 2013 May;9(3):229-31   [PMID:  23638779 ]
Erratum In:
Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Apr;121(4):881

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