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Choice of contraceptive method for birth control and attitudes toward abortion in Swedish women ages 23-29



Choice of contraceptive method for birth control and attitudes toward abortion in Swedish women ages 23-29



Health Care for Women International 16(1): 75-84



In 1991 in Orebro county in central Sweden, 118 women aged 23-29 attending the cytology outpatient clinic for a Papanicolaou test completed a questionnaire so researchers could learn about their contraceptive use, preferred contraceptive, reasons for using that contraceptive, and attitudes toward abortion. 88% used a birth control method. 80% used contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancies. The leading birth control methods were hormonal methods (43%) followed by barrier methods (22%) and combination of 2 methods (15%). 21% of all women used a condom, a rather low percentage considering the public debate on sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS. Yet 79% of the women were in a monogamous relationship. 12% of all the women had had an abortion. 97% believed it to be wrong to consider abortion a birth control method. 67% thought that it is wrong to regulate fertility by abortion. 72% believed the women's current social situation to be an important argument for an abortion. The respondents knew that use of contraceptive methods grants them the ability to choose if and when they have children.

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DOI: 10.1080/07399339509516158


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