Unintended Pregnancies Related Factors and Induced Abortions in Turkey

Authors

  • Gülengül Köken Afyon Kocatepe University, Medical Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Afyonkarahisar
  • Emine Coşar Afyon Kocatepe University, Medical Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Afyonkarahisar
  • Figen Kır Şahin Afyon Kocatepe University, Medical Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Afyonkarahisar
  • Dağıstan Arıöz Afyon Kocatepe University, Medical Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Afyonkarahisar
  • Dilek Karaman Afyon Kocatepe University, Ahmet Necdet Sezer Research and Training Hospital, Afyonkarahisar
  • Nihal Cengiz Uşak University, School of Nursing, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Uşak
  • Mehmet Yılmazer Afyon Kocatepe University, Medical Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Afyonkarahisar

Keywords:

Unintended pregnancy, Induced abortion, Contraception, Turkey

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Unintended pregnancies and induced abortions are major public health problems. To prevent these problems, it is important to understand the factors related to unintended pregnancy in Turkey.
STUDY DESIGN: A a cross-sectional survey of 1012 women aged 15-49 were conducted in Middle Anatolia Region of Turkey. Women were selected from the population who applied to regional governmet hospitals. Incidence of unintended pregnancy and induced abortion, the factors associated with unintended
pregnancy and abortion-seeking behaviour.
RESULTS: Thirty nine percent of all Turkish women of reproductive age reported having had an unintended pregnancy, and half of those reported ever having sought to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Women with low socioeconomic status, low education level had higher unintended pregnancy and induced abortion rates (70% vs. 8%, 60% vs. 17%; 63% vs.12%, 29.8% vs. 19% respectively).
CONCLUSION: Unintended pregnancy and induced abortion rates are high in Turkey. The provision of familly planning counselling and information about these issues may reduce the incidence.

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Published

2008-08-24

How to Cite

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Köken G, Coşar E, Kır Şahin F, Arıöz D, Karaman D, Cengiz N, Yılmazer M. Unintended Pregnancies Related Factors and Induced Abortions in Turkey. Gynecol Obstet Reprod Med [Internet]. 2008Aug.24 [cited 2022May20];14(2):80-3. Available from: https://gorm.com.tr/index.php/GORM/article/view/441

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Obstetrics; Maternal Fetal Medicine and Perinatology

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