Termination of pregnancy and the over 30s: what are trends in contraception use 1996-2006?
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There is a shift in fertility patterns with more women commencing childbearing over 30 years of age. Little is known about trends in contraception use by women in this age group seeking a termination of pregnancy. This research presents a trend analyses to determine if there were significant changes in trends in contraception use pre and post termination of pregnancy for women over 30 years of age from 1996-2006 in South Australia. Methods Data was collected from 1996-2006, from a pregnancy termination service in South Australia, from women over 30 years. Data, entered into SPSS V12, were examined using simple linear regression. Results At the time of conception, the majority of women reported using some form of contraception. There was no significant change in nil contraception use and was a significant decline in women using natural family planning methods. Post-operatively, there was a significant decline in hormone methods, but no significant changes in barrier, family planning or nil contraception use. Conclusions The majority of women over 30 years of age used contraception at the time of conception prior to and post-operatively of having a termination of pregnancy over the ten year period of the study. Health promotion activities need to be developed to cater for this age group taking into consideration changing fertility patterns.