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Why women risk unintended pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19358792     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: To reduce unintended pregnancy, it is necessary to understand why women have unprotected intercourse when they do not desire pregnancy. METHODS: We devised a survey of 42 potential reasons why women have unprotected intercourse based on the responses of a focus group we had previously convened. We administered the survey to women between the ages of 18 and 39 years who were visiting primary care clinics and were not trying to get pregnant. RESULTS: Of the 151 respondents, 84 (56%) were having unprotected intercourse. Women gave an average of 9 reasons for having unprotected intercourse. The most common reasons fell into 3 categories: lack of thought/preparation (87% of respondents), being in a long-term or strong relationship (70%), and concerns about side effects of contraception (80%). Eighty-three of the 84 women (99%) chose at least 1 of these categories. CONCLUSION: Basing survey questions on focus group responses provided important insights into the reasons women risk unintended pregnancy. A deeper understanding of this issue is critical to reducing unintended pregnancy.
Mary D Nettleman; Jennifer Brewer; Adejoke Ayoola
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of family practice     Volume:  58     ISSN:  1533-7294     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Pract     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-10     Completed Date:  2009-05-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502590     Medline TA:  J Fam Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E1-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Family Planning Services*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Pregnancy, Unplanned / psychology*
Unsafe Sex / psychology*

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