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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.

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