Clinical Investigation

The frequency of unintended pregnancies at working and unworking women: why don’t they want to become pregnant?

  • Dilek Karaman
  • Gülengül Köken
  • Emine Cosar
  • Figen Kir Sahin
  • Dagistan Tolga Ariöz
  • Mehmet Yilmazer

Turk J Obstet Gynecol 2007;4(3):190-194

OBJECTIVE: Unintended pregnancies and reasons of occurance should be analysed for socially and economically. The most important reason of unintended pregnancies is defects or failure at using contraception methods. Unintended pregnancies usually ended by dilatation and curratage for termination of pregnancies. The women use this method for limiting the child count and as one of the contraseption methods. Our study’s aims to investigate the frequency of unintended pregnancies at working and unworking women and the reasons of them. Materials-METHODS: 507 healthy women who applied to Afyon Kocatepe University Ahmet Necdet Sezer Research and Training Hospital, Clinic of Obstetrics between July-Agust/2006 at reproductive age were enrolled. Frequency of their unintended pregnancies and the reason of them were asked. A questionnaire form which include 40 questions were used to collect data. The following outcomes were recorded using SPSS for Windows 11,0 programme. P RESULTS: This study shows that 44% women were had unintended pregnancy at least once. In our study group 84% women used one of the contraseption methods and 15.9% women didn’t use any methods. Unintended pregnancy frequency of unworking women 53.2 % and working women is 34.7%. The rates of unintended pregnancies in women who had no education were 66.7% and 28.9% in educated women. First unintended pregnancy often ended with 44% alive birth, second and third pregnancies usually ended with curettage. CONCLUSION: Contraception methods must be used effectively and correctly to prevent the unintended pregnancies. To make the all pregnancies intended more information about contraseption methods and their usage must be given.

Keywords: contraception, curettage, unintended pregnancy