A Category 2, 1.5 hour online case study based program on improving the Awkward Contraception Conversation with Younger WomenRelevance to General Practice
Approximately 56% of Australian women first experience sexual intercourse at 15-16 years of age. More than 70% of sexually active women aged 15 to 60 report using contraception, and while the prevalence of contraceptive use in Australian women aged 15-60 is more than 70%, more than 50% of unplanned pregnancies in Australia occur in women who were using contraception. The rate of unwanted pregnancies that result in terminations remains highest in women younger than 25 years.
A survey of pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in Australia revealed approximately 30% of pregnancies are ‘unintended’ and 25% are terminated, an abortion rate which is amongst the highest in the developed world. Women who continued with the unplanned pregnancies were shown to have higher rates of adverse infant and maternal outcomes, affecting women’s economic, psychological, psychical and social well-being.