A study on sex-life and contraception of unmarried women in South Korea

A study on sex-life and contraception of unmarried women in

South Korea

I.S. Lee1, E.H. Park1, J.J. Lee1, H.W. Jung2, S.K. Hong3, S.H. Kim4,

H.K. Lee5

1Soonchunhyang University, Department of OB & GYN, Seoul,

South Korea, 2Ehwa University, Seoul, South Korea, 3Chungdam Marie Hospital,

Seoul, South Korea, 4Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 5Gachon Medical

School, Seoul, South Korea

Objective This survey aims to analyze unmarried

women’s attitude towards sex and contraception in South Korea. We researched

about their sexual experiences, experiences of sex education and attitude

towards sex. Their experience of contraception/contraceptive awareness and use

is also studied to indicate the direction of the future.

Method The respondents

were 400 unmarried young women from 17 to 25 years old who live in Seoul and the

metropolitan area. The questions about general characteristics, general sexual

awareness, coitus history, and contraception were given to them by web based

questionnaire. The survey was undergone from March 2005 to April 2005.


The age distribution of 400 respondents was 102 (26%) of age 17-19, 140 (35%) of

age 20-22 and 158 (39%) of age 23-25. The most common occupation was the college

students (54%). 34% of respondents were found to have ever had sexual

intercourse with man. The ratio of sexual experience was higher in older age

group (51% in 23-25 age group). By the occupation, more than half (58%) of

office workers had sexual intercourse. The average number of coitus until now

was 8.8 and the average number of sexual partner until now was 2.5. Among single

female aged 17-25, 20% were found to have a sex partner currently. They were

found to have sexual intercourse 3 times per month on average. 16% of those with

sex experience had ever been pregnant. 95% had an abortion when they became

pregnant. The average number of artificial abortion was 1.7. Most respondents

had sex education at middle school (88%) and high school (78%). However, only

12% were satisfied with the contents. 92% of respondents with sex experience

were worried about pregnancy but only 36% were always using contraceptives.

Commonly used contraceptive methods were condom (89%), coitus interruptus (68%),

periodic abstinence (48%), and oral contraceptives (26%).

Conclusion The ratio

of sex experience of unmarried women is gradually increasing in south Korea.

According to our survey, more practical sex education about effective

contraception is necessary to prevent unwanted pregnancy. P188 Analysis of

education in contraception for nurses in the undergraduate programm M. Pukite

Red Cross Medical Colledge of Riga, Riga, Latvia Introduction : Increasing role

in the medical education nowadays belongs to the education in contraception.

Focused knowledge in contraception is connected with the effectivity of health

education. Contraception problems are important in families, they are observed

at school and discussed in society meetings. Aim of the study was to analyze the

level of knowledge in the process of education in contraception included in the

nurses education programm. Methods : Special questionnaire was elaborated in an

aim to figure out the level of knowledge in contraception. 124 female students

(in age 19-48 years) of the Riga Red Cross Medical Colledge were included in the

study. 42 students (33.8%) were from the first year, 39 (31.5%) from second and

43 (34.6%) from the third year. Main education in contraception is introduced in

the second year programm. Standart statistical methods were used for data

analysis. Results : 23% from all respondents had targeted interests in the

contraception. 86% of questionnairs showed that information in contraception is

useful both in personal and professional needs. 97% of respondents marked low

level of knowledge from secondary school, and remarcable inprovement in teaching

by medical professionals at medical school. 98% showed that many new questions

apeared when personal usage of contraceptive methods is present. 99% mentioned

high grade of the teaching methods. 89% of respondents mentioned that obtained

information in contraceptology is still “fresh” one year after the

teaching course. Conclusions : Medical professionals are showed better teaching

results in comparison with school teachers. Analysed teaching methods in

contraceptology are effective and based on the practical questions. Level of

knowledge in contraception for the medical school students is not sufficient due

to the lack of systematic planning in education.

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