Sexual and contraceptive behavior in a population of female universitary students
ESC Congress Library. Neves F. 05/28/14; 50621; A-206
Dr. Fabiane Neves
Dr. Fabiane Neves
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Objective(s): Analyze the knowledge, sexual behavior and contraceptive habits in a population of female universitary students.


Methods: We conducted a cross sectional survey study in a population of 428 female universitary students, with ages between 17 and 26 years. The data was collected through an online confidential inquiry, from May 2012 to April 2013. Variables related to demographic aspects, sexual activity, use of contraception and concern about the possibility of sexually transmitted infection (STI) were analyzed and statistical analysis was performed with IBM SPSS statistics 20.0.


Results: The mean age was 21,3 years. Our population consisted of medical students in 41,1 %, science and technology in 30,4% , 15% in economics , pharmacy students in 6,1% and 7,3% in other areas. About 16% were smokers and 12,1% reported using drugs. We found that 72,3% reported occasional alcohol consumption, 76,6% had been to at least one family planning consultation and 60% had been vaccinated against HPV. The mean age of  first intercourse was 17,5 years and 86,2% were sexually active. About 12% of the students denied use of contraception at first intercourse and for those who used, the condom was the method of choice in 63,1 % of cases. We found that oral contraceptives (the pill) are the preferred method of contraception in 66,8 %, and its association with condoms occurs in 26,6%. In our population, when change of sexual partner occurred, the co-use of condoms was seen in 86,7% of cases. About 31% had a history of suspected pregnancy and 33,2% reported use of emergency contraception and 80,6 % report greater concern about the possibility of sexually transmitted infection (STI) than about pregnancy (19,4%).


Conclusions: The majority of our population was sexually active and contraceptive methods most frequently used were condoms and the pill. However, about 12% denied the use of any contraceptive method during first intercourse. Most of these females use a condom when they change sexual partner and demonstrate a greater concern about STI than pregnancy. Nevertheless, only 26,6% report the use of a condom in association with oral contraceptives.


This study helps to better understand the sexual risk behaviors of female universitary students and want to be a tool to develop future strategies to prevent them.

  


Objective(s): Analyze the knowledge, sexual behavior and contraceptive habits in a population of female universitary students.


Methods: We conducted a cross sectional survey study in a population of 428 female universitary students, with ages between 17 and 26 years. The data was collected through an online confidential inquiry, from May 2012 to April 2013. Variables related to demographic aspects, sexual activity, use of contraception and concern about the possibility of sexually transmitted infection (STI) were analyzed and statistical analysis was performed with IBM SPSS statistics 20.0.


Results: The mean age was 21,3 years. Our population consisted of medical students in 41,1 %, science and technology in 30,4% , 15% in economics , pharmacy students in 6,1% and 7,3% in other areas. About 16% were smokers and 12,1% reported using drugs. We found that 72,3% reported occasional alcohol consumption, 76,6% had been to at least one family planning consultation and 60% had been vaccinated against HPV. The mean age of  first intercourse was 17,5 years and 86,2% were sexually active. About 12% of the students denied use of contraception at first intercourse and for those who used, the condom was the method of choice in 63,1 % of cases. We found that oral contraceptives (the pill) are the preferred method of contraception in 66,8 %, and its association with condoms occurs in 26,6%. In our population, when change of sexual partner occurred, the co-use of condoms was seen in 86,7% of cases. About 31% had a history of suspected pregnancy and 33,2% reported use of emergency contraception and 80,6 % report greater concern about the possibility of sexually transmitted infection (STI) than about pregnancy (19,4%).


Conclusions: The majority of our population was sexually active and contraceptive methods most frequently used were condoms and the pill. However, about 12% denied the use of any contraceptive method during first intercourse. Most of these females use a condom when they change sexual partner and demonstrate a greater concern about STI than pregnancy. Nevertheless, only 26,6% report the use of a condom in association with oral contraceptives.


This study helps to better understand the sexual risk behaviors of female universitary students and want to be a tool to develop future strategies to prevent them.

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