Contraceptive risk-taking in women and men facing legal abortion
2001 (English)In: European journal of contraception & reproductive health care, ISSN 1362-5187, E-ISSN 1473-0782, Vol. 6, no 4, 205-218 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: The aim of the study was to gain knowledge about contraceptive use, reproductive risk-taking and sexuality in Swedish women seeking abortion and their partners.
Methods: Two hundred and eleven women and 75 men answered a questionnaire before the abortion. The data have been divided into six subgroups: women with and without previous experience of abortion, single women and women with a partner relationship, and women whose partner participated in the study and the male partners.
Results: The main findings showed that there are more similarities than differences between the subgroups. Overall, there were no differences regarding use of contraceptives, sexual life and psychosocial characteristics. However, women with previous abortion experience were found to be older, had longer partner relationships and more often had children. Some gender differences were also found, i.e. women favored coitus-dependent contraceptives to a larger extent and took more responsibility for preventing unwanted pregnancies. At the time of conception, half the participants had not used any contraceptive methods and one-fifth had relied on 'natural family planning'. The most common reasons for not using contraceptives were related to risk-taking and/or to strong sexual desire. Twelve per cent of the women had felt pressure/threat from their partner in connection with the conception.
Conclusion: In efforts to prevent undesired pregnancies, this study highlights the need to incorporate a gender perspective both in communication about risk-taking and in counselling about contraceptives.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa Healthcare , 2001. Vol. 6, no 4, 205-218 p.
Induced abortion, contraception, risk-taking, male, reproduction, gender
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Research subject Obstetrics and Gynaecology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41793DOI: 10.1080/ejc.22.214.171.124PubMedID: 11848650OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-41793DiVA: diva2:407810