Log In
Friday 20th April 2018

Pregnancies 'unplanned'

17th November 2006

09082006_childbirth1.jpgOne in three pregnancies in Scotland are unplanned, a new study has revealed.

The research, published in The Lancet, surveyed almost 5,000 women including those attending hospital for pre-birth care or seeking abortions.

Researchers found one in 10 were totally unintended while a quarter of women were ambivalent about their intention to get pregnant. A third were not 'clearly' intended.

Nine out of 10 women seeking abortion said their pregnancies were unintended.

Researchers said the use of emergency contraception was low, even among women with no intention of conceiving, and was unlikely to reduce unintended pregnancy rates.

More than 100 of the 900-plus women seeking an abortion had used emergency contraception, while 40 who planned to keep their babies had used emergency contraception.

The authors, from the University of Edinburgh, concluded that ways must be found to improve the use of regular contraception.

Share this page


There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Article Information

Title: Pregnancies 'unplanned'
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1161
Date Added: 17th Nov 2006


BBC News

Recent Related Articles

Energy drinks ban in the UK


Add to scrapbook
Show Comments
Add comment
Find all related articles


Mayden - Innovative cloud-based applications for healthcare
© Mayden Foundation 2018