Sexual behavior between Greek adolescents

Sexual behavior between Greek adolescents

E. Deligeoroglou, P. Christopoulos, M. Eleftheriadis, A. Deliveliotou,

G. Creatsas

Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 2nd Department of

Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Aretaieion Hospital, Athens,


Introduction: In developed countries, 7.5% – 10% of adolescent women

get pregnant, while half of these cases end in technical abortion with all

possible complications. These pregnancies are characterized by increased

perinatal and maternal mortality due to frequent obstetric complications and

must be treated as high-risk pregnancies. The reported age of menarche has

declined in our days, with a mean age of 12.5 years old when 150 years ago the

mean age was around 17.5 years old.

Material and methods: We conducted a survey, regarding sexual behavior,

age at first intercourse and contraceptive methods during adolescence

Results: Our study had made clear that approximately 30 % of teenagers

aged between 16 and 18 years old are sexually active. At the time of their first

sexual intercourse, 5,0% aged between 12–14 years old, 4,2% between 14–16

years old and approximately 20% aged between 16–18 years old. Despite all the

initiatives on educational programs concerning sexuality and contraceptive

issues, a large percentage of adolescents uses none (30%) or ineffective

contraceptive methods such as withdrawal (30%).

Conclusions: It is noted that teenagers are sexually active in younger

ages and demonstrate lower compliance to contraceptive methods. The fact that

most of these unintended pregnancies are out-of-wedlock pregnancies of low

financial status, imply the necessity for specialized youth sexual,

health-counseling programs and extended follow up in adequate adolescent

gynecological, well-organized clinics, for the support of teen mothers.

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