Young women's experiences of unintended pregnancy and abortion: key findings

Bury, Louise; Hoggart, Lesley and Newton, Victoria Louise (2015). Young women's experiences of unintended pregnancy and abortion: key findings. Open University Research Report; The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.


This document reports on the key findings of a mixed methods study to investigate different aspects of young women’s (aged 16-24) pregnancy experiences of one or more unintended pregnancies ending in abortion. Following an abortion at one of Marie Stopes’ main centres, a total of 430 women completed a quantitative telephone survey between June 2012 and May 2013. In addition, thirty six young women were interviewed qualitatively following their abortion. These interviews took place between February 2013 and April 2014. Seventeen of these participants were then interviewed for a second time approximately five to eight months later. Women were asked about their contraceptive use at the time of pregnancy, their experience of the abortion consultation and service, their post abortion contraception decision making, their attitudes towards pregnancy and abortion, and their perception of contraceptive risk taking. The women who had experienced a previous abortion were also asked about their contraceptive use between their two most recent abortions.

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