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Sociodemographic properties and contraception use of pregnants before pregnancy

Sociodemographic properties and contraception use of pregnants before

pregnancy

F. Altintasoglu, T. Mizrak, G. Koçun, M. Polat, S. Mun, C.E. Taner

Aegean Social Security And Maternity Teaching Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

Objective: To investigate the sociodemographic properties and

contraception use of pregnants before pregnancy.

Materials and methods: 210 pregnant women who applicated Aegean Social

Security and Maternity Teaching Hospital Department of Obstetrics between the

years 1999 and 2002 were enrolled into our study group. The sociodemographic

properties and contraception use of the pregnants before pregnancy were

evaluated.

Results: Mean age of the pregnants was 22 (Range 15–36) years old

and 62 of 210 (29.5%) pregnants were in 19–22 age group. Mean gravida was 2

(Range 0–5). Most of the pregnants (n:102, 48.6%) were graduated from primary

school. 48 of 210 (22.9%) pregnants did not have taken any aid about

contraception methods and only 28 of 210 (13.3%) had taken information about

contraception from a doctor.71 of 210 (33.8%) pregnants had never used any kind

of contraception methods before pregnancy and the most frequently used

contraception methods were intrauterin device (21.9%), coitus interruptus(16.7%)

and condom (10.0%). The reason for the termination of contraception was

frequently desire of a child (n:85, 40.5%). 43 of 210 (20.5%) pregnants had at

least one induced abortion. The highest number of patients (n:17 of 43) who had

at least one induced abortion were the patients who had no education (39.5%).

Conclusion: We concluded that as the educational status increases,

gravida number of patients decreases, modern contraception method usage

increases and number of induced abortus decreases so we think that postpartum

educational programs about reproductive health and contraception use must be

presented more frequently to reduce unwanted pregnancies.

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