Journal article

Contraceptive use at the time of unintended pregnancy: Findings from the Contraceptive Use, Pregnancy Intention and Decisions study

Jacqueline Coombe, Melissa L Harris, Britta Wigginton, Jayne C Lucke, Deborah Loxton

Australian Family Physician | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2016


BACKGROUND: Unintended pregnancy disproportionately affects young Australian women. However, contraceptive behaviours associated with unintended pregnancy are unclear. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article was to examine contraceptive use before unintended conception. METHODS: Data from 3795 women (aged 18-23 years) who completed the baseline Contraceptive Use, Pregnancy Intention and Decisions (CUPID) study were analysed. RESULTS: The study found that 21.1% of participants reported ever being pregnant, of whom 84.6% indicated 'accidental' pregnancy. Most (73.4%) of these participants reported using contraception at the first unintended pregnancy, with the combined oral contraceptive pill..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Australian Research Council (Linkage Project Grant LP100200349), and industry partners Family Planning NSW and Bayer Australia Ltd. We are grateful to the women who provided the survey data. All members of the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle are affiliated with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).