Journal article

Predictors of sexual intercourse and rapid-repeat pregnancy among teenage mothers: an Australian prospective longitudinal study

Lucy N Lewis, Dorota A Doherty, Martha Hickey, S Rachel Skinner

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine the determinants of pregnancy within 2 years of a teenager giving birth for the first time (rapid-repeat pregnancy [RRP]) and resumption of sexual intercourse after the birth. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Prospective cohort study between June 2004 and September 2006 at the sole tertiary obstetric hospital in Western Australia involving teenagers who gave birth for the first time. Data were collected using questionnaires at recruitment, 6 weeks and 3-monthly intervals for up to 2 years postpartum. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: RRP and time to a return to sexual intercourse after giving birth. RESULTS: Of the 147 participants, 49 (33%) experienced an RRP. Sexual intercours..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Clinical Research Scholarship, WA, the Women and Infants Research Foundation, WA, and a Raine Medical Research Foundation Priming Grant, University of WA We are grateful for the database construction, maintenance and blostatistical support provided by James Hum-phreys and Angela Jacques