Analysis of reproductive behaviour in Latvia

Analysis of reproductive behaviour in Latvia

M. Orleana, D.


Faculty of Medicine, Latvia University, Medical Centre of Diplomatic

Service, Riga, Latvia

In the last years the financial policy of the Latvian

government is adressing the issues for the improvement of the demographic

situation by positively increasing children benefits to mothers until the child

reaches one year of age.

It is one of the conditions why the birth rate in the

country has improved. Yet, the problem with young teenage girls (aged 15-19) who

have started an early sexual life is dramatic, because only 1/3 of them use

contraceptives. As a result, this age group demonstrantes the highest rate of

interrupted pregnancies. In Latvia there are only 20% of woman who use safe

contraception. Low level of health and sexual education at schools is the reason

of the problem.

Conclusions What conclusions and recommendations could change

the present situation in Latvia:

  1. State policy has partially influenced the

    birthrate in the positive way, therefore it would have to become one of the

    state priorities.

  2. Contraceptives should be included in the list of paid


  3. At present the government is having discussions about the order of

    renumeration of hormonal contraceptives only for the treatment of gynaecological


  4. Price policy in the state is going to be equalled to common EU


It is important to change the level of education at schools by

increasing the number of compulsory health education lessons.

Scroll to Top