Postcoital Contraception in Turkey


ÇEBER TURFAN E. , KARACA SAYDAM B.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GYNECOLOGY, vol.80, no.2, pp.159-164, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 80 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GYNECOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.159-164

Abstract

Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this article is to determine the knowledge status of women concerning postcoital contraception when they turn to curettage in order to terminate an undesired pregnancy. Methods: This defining study has been carried out at a maternity hospital in Izmir on pregnant women admitted for curettage. We interviewed 150 pregnant cases using an improbability sampling method. Results: We discovered that 48.7% of women had avoided pregnancy before curettage by withdrawal before ejaculation. When we investigated the method used after uncontrolled coitus, 27.3% of cases reported vaginal douche while 12.7% indicated curettage. After having an unprotected coitus or failure in contraceptive methods 99.3% of the women indicated they would report to health institutes to utilize postcoital methods if they were familiar with them. Conclusions: Postcoital contraception may be a solution for undesired pregnancies. (C) 2002 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Published by Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.