Sex in Australia: Reproductive experiences and reproductive health among a representative sample of women

Smith, Anthony M A, Rissel, Chris E, Richters, Juliet, Grulich, Andrew E and de Visser, Richard O (2003) Sex in Australia: Reproductive experiences and reproductive health among a representative sample of women. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27 (2). pp. 204-209. ISSN 1326-0200

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Abstract

Objective: To document the reproductive experiences of a representative sample of Australian women aged 16–59 years.

Method: Computer-assisted telephone interviews were completed by a representative sample of 10,173 men and 9,134 women aged 16–59 years from all States and Territories. The overall response rate was 73.1% (69.4% among men, and 77.6% among women). Women were asked the number of times they had experienced a live birth, a still birth, a miscarriage and a termination of pregnancy.

Results: Of the women surveyed, 15.5% reported having experienced difficulty in becoming pregnant and 76.1% had been pregnant at least once. Nearly all the women who had been pregnant reported experiencing a live birth. Substantial minorities of women reported having experienced a miscarriage (33.4%) or a termination of pregnancy (22.6%). The percentage of women who reported becoming pregnant the first time as a teenager declined from 22.8% among women aged 50–59 to 16.9% among women aged 20–29. Of those who had had vaginal intercourse, 19.2% had used emergency contraception, 53.3% of them only once.

Conclusion: There was clear evidence of substantial changes in the fertility of Australian women over the past 40 years.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Richard deVisser
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:45
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2012 09:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14269
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