Prevalence of Contraceptive Methods among Adolescent Girls


Prevalence of Contraceptive Methods among Adolescent Girls

I. Blidaru (1), I. Caighera (2), R. Pleca (2), M. Roman (2)


-4th Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “Gr. T. Popa” University of

Medicine and Pharmacy;


-Family Planning Unit, “Cuza-Voda” Maternity Hospital, Iasi, Romania

Objectives. The aims of our study were to assess the

level of contraception usage among teenagers, to assess the degree of

acceptability among different contraceptive methods and to estimate the tendency

towards contraception versus abortion in this age category.

Materials and Methods. Our study was conducted in the

Family Planning Unit from “Cuza Voda” Maternity Hospital over a period of

five years (2000 – 2004) and included a number of 11871 girls aged between 14

and 19, who have been counseled and examined in the Family Planning Unit, and

2221 women of the same age group, who requested abortion.

Results. Our study has showed a relatively constant level

of 19% in the number of consultations with the purpose of choosing a

contraceptive method in the studied age group, throughout the period. As regards

the various contraceptive methods, we recorded a net predominance in the use of

combined oral contraception (74%), also indicated in some cases for therapeutic

purposes for dysmenorrhoea, menorrhagia, polycystic ovary syndrome, etc. The

other types of contraceptive methods are significantly less preferred, e.g.

condom (15%), intrauterine device (5.3%), progestin-only-contraceptives (4.6%),

emergency contraception (0.8%). Unfortunately, we noted an increasing number of

patients who demand abortion (about 10%), but this should be considered with

caution, since it may be influenced by various other factors (traditions,

poverty, lack of education, etc).

Conclusions. These results point out the fact that

abortion still represents the commonest method to avoid unwanted pregnancies in

this age category, even though the contraceptive methods become better and

better known and used. Our study underlines the necessity to improve education

in the field of contraception, to ease the access to contraceptives and to

collaborate with the mass media and other institutions in the process of

information and education of the youth.

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