Does place of birth have an effect on the contraceptive use?

Does place of birth have an effect on the contraceptive use?

S. Ozalp, H. Hassa, H. Mete Tanir, O.T. Yalcin, T. Oge

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Osmangazi,

Eskisehir, Turkey

Introduction: Trends in fertility charecteristics and contraceptive

use may change within years, also place of birth may affect these


Aims and Methods: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of

place of birth on fertility characteristics and contraceptive use and also to

determine the changes if any within 15 years among 1555 women over age of 50.The

study evaluated two groups of women within the period of 1982–1987 (group I)

and 1997–2002 (group II). Number of pregnancies, abortions and living children,

place of birth and the last contraceptive method used were determined for two

groups retrospectively. Statistical analysis included Student’s t-test and chi

square test .

Results: Number of pregnancies (p>0.05), number of abortions

(p>0.05), number of living children (p>0.05), use of any contraceptive

method (p>0.05) and modern contraceptive method use (p>0.05) were similar

for women born in urban and rural area. Percentage of women born in urban area

were higher in group II (p<0.001). Concerning women who were born in urban area, number of pregnancies (p<0.05), number of living children (p<0.001) were lower and number of abortions were higher (p<0.001) in group II. Meanwhile, among women born in rural area, number of pregnancies (p<0.001) and number of living children (p<0.001) were significally lower in group II.

Conclusions: Place of birth (urban or rural area) does not have an

impact on the fertility characteristics and contraceptive use. For the recent

period, there is a trend towards more abortions and use of modern contraceptive

method, less pregnancies and living children.

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