Contraceptive use in premenopausal years

Contraceptive use in premenopausal years

H. Hassa, S. Ozalp, H.M. Tanir, T. Sener, T. Oge

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of

Osmangazi, Eskisehir, Turkey

Introduction: The objective of this study were to gain

information about fertility characteristics and contraceptive use of women in

premenopausal years.

Aims and Methods: Number of pregnancies, children,

abortion and the last contraceptive method they had used aged over 50, who

completed their family, were retrospectively evaluated from 1997 to 2002.

Results: From 1252 patient, 426 (34%) had 4 or more

pregnancies, while 413 (33%) had 3 and 338 (27%) had 2 pregnancies. 376 (30%)

had 4 or more children, 382 (30.5%) had 3 children, 375 (30%) had 2 children

while 119 (9.5%) had only one child. In addition, 655 cases (52.3%) had no

history of abortion while 291 cases (23.2%) had one abortion and 306 cases

(24.4%) had two or more abortions, respectively Almost half of patients were

born in city (50.1%). Regarding the last contraceptive method used, we observed

that 635 patients (51.7%) preferred any contraceptive method,while only 233

patient (18%) preferred modern contraceptive methods. Coitus interruptus was the

most preferred method with 415 patients (33.1%) and intrauterin device was the

most preferred modern method with 151 patients (12%).

Conclusion: In the premenopausal years, as to prevent

unwanted pregnancies efforts should be made to increase the use of modern

contraceptive method.

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