Characteristics of abortion care seekers in South-Western Nigeria

  • Boniface A Oye-Adeniran Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria; The Campaign Against Unwanted Pregancy (The AUP)
  • Isaac F Adewole
  • Augustine V Umoh Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Nigeria
  • Oluwafunmilayo R Fapohunda Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York, NY 11201, USA
  • Ngozi Iwere The Campaign Against Unwanted Pregnancy (The CAUP)

Abstract

This prospective hospital-based study was carried out to understand the characteristics of abortion care seekers in south-western Nigeria. Information was obtained from a total of 1876 women seeking abortion at hospitals using a questionnaire. The results show that majority (60%) were between the ages of 15 and 24 years, of which adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 years constituted 23.7%. Most (63.2%) of the respondents were unmarried, but married women also constituted a significant proportion (30.2%) of the abortion care seekers. Students were the single highest group, while the predominant economic activity was trading (26.7%). Respondents terminated their pregnancies mainly because they were students or because they did not desire to have children. Most (35.5%) of the women were introduced to providers by friends. Average contraceptive prevalence among the abortion care seekers was 27.4%. It is obvious from the results that young persons, especially in-school adolescents, should be targeted for comprehensive sexuality education especially in view of the current HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Key words: Abortion, abortion care seekers, unwanted pregnancy, contraceptive prevalence, young persons, Nigeria

Résumé Caractéristiques des chercheuses des soins de l\'avortement au sud-ouest du Nigéria

Cette étude prospective centrée sur l\'hôpital a été menée pour comprendre les caractéristiques des chercheuses des soins post avortement au sud-ouest du Nigéria. Les renseignements ont été recueillis à l\'aide d\'un questionnaire de la part de 1876 femmes, à la recherche de l\'avortement auprès des hôpitaux, les résultats montrent que la majorité (60%) avaient entre 15 et 24 ans dont les adolescentes ayant entre 1519 constituaient 32,7%. La majorité (63,2%) constituaient une proportion importante (30,2%) des chercheuses de l\'avortement. Les étudiantes constituaient le seul groupe le plus nombreux, alors que l\'activité économique la plus fréquemment avancées pour l\'interruption de grossesse étaient le statut estudiantin et ne voulant pas avoir des enfants alors qu\'elles n\'étaient pas encore mariées. La plupart (35,5%) des femmes ont fait la connaissance des dispensateurs de soins grâce à leurs amis. La prévalence contraceptive moyenne chez les chercheuses des soins de l\'avortement était de 27,4%. Il est évident, d\'après ces résultats que les jeunes gens, surtout les adolescentes en scolarisation, devraient être les cibles de l\'éducation sexuelle compréhensive surtout étant donné la pandémie actuelle qu\'est le VIH/SIDA.

African Journal of Reproductive Health Vol. 8 (3) 2004: 81-91

Author Biography

Isaac F Adewole
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria; The Campaign Against Unwanted Pregnancy (The CAUP)
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