Preventing and Terminating Unwanted Pregnancies in Turkey
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2006
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 6–10, March 2006
How to Cite
Kavlak, O., Atan, S. U., Saruhan, A. and Sevil, U. (2006), Preventing and Terminating Unwanted Pregnancies in Turkey. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 38: 6–10. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2006.00070.x
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2006
- Accepted for publication August 1, 2005.
- unwanted pregnancies;
- emergency contraception;
- family planning methods
Purpose: To determine the methods used to prevent pregnancy by women seeking abortion of unwanted pregnancy, their knowledge and use of emergency contraception, and reasons for wanting the abortion.
Design: The sample was 144 randomly selected women, who requested abortion for termination of their pregnancies at two hospitals in Izmir, Turkey, during the study period.
Methods: A questionnaire was completed by the researcher in face-to-face interviews.
Findings: In this sample 43.8% had had previous abortions; 77.1% used some method of family planning; 7.0% used emergency contraceptives. The methods selected after unprotected sexual intercourse by these women included vaginal douche (37.5%), waiting to see whether the menstrual cycle would begin (27.0%), going to a hospital or maternal-child health center (24.3%), and two other alternatives (4.2%). One-fifth of the women said that, if they get pregnant again, they will have another abortion.
Conclusions: The number of unwanted pregnancies is high and many women seek abortions as a birth control method. Women in this sample needed information about effective methods for preventing pregnancy.