CONTRACEPTIVE METHODS USED BY ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG WOMEN IN NORTHERN GREECE
ESC Congress Library. Vatopoulou A. May 28, 2014; 50471; A-054
Dr. Anastasia Vatopoulou
Dr. Anastasia Vatopoulou
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Objective: To investigate the contraception methods ,sexual behavior  and level of acquaintance with sexual health issues of young women in Northern Greece .


Method: A questionnaire consisting of 77 questions  investigating individual attitudes ,perceived behavioral control and subjective norms toward several sexual matters was filled in by 101 females, between the ages of 13 and 26. The young women were visitors of a Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecologic outpatient clinic of a university hospital .The questionnaires were obtained from January 2012  to September  2013.


Results: The results derive from the 68.3 % of the respondents who have had complete sexual relationships at the time of the research. The average age of the first sexual intercourse is 17.6 years old (standard deviation [SD] 1.78). The most familiar contraceptive methods were the condom (95.7%) and the pill (95,7%) followed by IUD (79,7%),morning after pill (69,6%)  and abstinence (37%) .The most commonly practiced method was the condom (94,2%) followed by the pill (29%) , coitus interruptus (29%) and morning after pill (27,5%) . Only 1,4% did not use any contraception . Half of the respondents that used  contraception pill combined it with condom .



Conclusions: Although young females tend to start their sex life earlier, they also visit earlier a gynecologist and they seem to be more comfortable with the use of condom, which is the most preferable contraception method, followed by the contraception pill. They are more informed and more familiar with protecting themselves.


 

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