Saturday, January 27, 2007

Who Doesn't Use Birth Control

Interesting report on birth control use and age group from Great Britain (emphasis mine):

Doctors at a Glasgow hospital analysed the birth control attempted by nearly 1,000 women requesting abortions.

They found the proportion of older women who had used no contraception at all was roughly similar to the percentage of teenagers.


The research at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow looked at approximately 950 women who had asked for an abortion, comprising 246 teenagers and just under 700 women aged 20 or older.

Some had experienced a contraceptive failure, such as a burst condom, or had fallen pregnant despite taking oral contraceptives.

However, a large proportion had become pregnant following sex without any attempt at contraception.

In all, 57% of the teenagers had not used contraception, and 51% of the older women - and this small difference was not statistically significant.

Roughly the same proportion in both groups had used condoms, or were taking the Pill.

Dr Marco Gaudoin, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist from Southern General Hospital and an author of the paper said: "The findings demonstrate that not only do we have a long way to go in persuading teenagers to use reliable contraception but contraceptive education should also be continued in all women, regardless of their age."

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At 9:11 PM, Blogger Atalanta said...

The BBC are *hopeless* at reporting scientific papers: far too vague. The 51% "older women" were 20 years old and over. I would have liked to have seen the actual age distributions but the original journal article is subscrition only. It just seems asuch an arbitrary point at which to divide the population. What happens at 20 to make them into a different population?

As far as I can tell, the survey was conducted between 2004 and 2005. The National Teenage Pregnancy Strategy was launched in 1999, so 15 year olds at the start would have been 20+ at the time of the survey.


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