Fertility control? Middle-aged Australian women's retrospective reports of their pregnancies

Weisberg, Edith, Bateson, Deborah, Read, Christine, Estoesta, Jane and Lee, Christina (2008) Fertility control? Middle-aged Australian women's retrospective reports of their pregnancies. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32 4: 390-392. doi:10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00261.x


Author Weisberg, Edith
Bateson, Deborah
Read, Christine
Estoesta, Jane
Lee, Christina
Title Fertility control? Middle-aged Australian women's retrospective reports of their pregnancies
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00261.x
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 4
Start page 390
End page 392
Total pages 3
Editor Jeanne Daly
Judith Lumley
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject C1
111708 Health and Community Services
920507 Women's Health
Abstract Objective: To assess middle-aged Australian women's retrospective reports of how intended and wanted were their pregnancies, and the degree of happiness associated with these pregnancies.
Formatted abstract
Objective: To assess middle-aged Australian women's retrospective reports of how intended and wanted were their pregnancies, and the degree of happiness associated with these pregnancies.

Methods:
A self-administered questionnaire was sent to 1000 participants in the Mid-Age cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health.

Results:
Responses from 811 women (81%) showed that, although 32% of first pregnancies were unplanned and 29% were unwanted, most women recall being happy with their pregnancies and termination rates were very low. The second pregnancy was the most planned and wanted and associated with the highest levels of happiness.

Conclusions:
While the majority of middle-aged women report having been happy to be pregnant, and the majority of pregnancies are described retrospectively as planned and wanted, a significant proportion of pregnancies are unwanted, unplanned or resulting from unintended contraceptive failure.

Implications:
The data support the continuing need for widely available, affordable and sensitive fertility control services.
Keyword pregnancy
unintended
happiness
unwanted
contraception
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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