Fear of becoming pregnant among female healthcare students in Spain

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Title: Fear of becoming pregnant among female healthcare students in Spain
Authors: Navarro-Cremades, Felipe | Palazón Bru, Antonio | Arroyo-Sebastián, María del Ángel | Gómez-Pérez, Luis | Sepehri, Armina | Martínez-Pérez, Salvador | Marhuenda-Amorós, Dolores | Rizo-Baeza, Mercedes | Gil Guillén, Vicente
Research Group/s: Salud y Cuidados en Grupos Vulnerables (SACU) | Enfermería y Cultura de los Cuidados
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería
Keywords: Fear | Sexual behavior | Women’s health | Pregnancy
Knowledge Area: Enfermería
Issue Date: 25-Aug-2015
Publisher: PeerJ
Citation: Navarro-Cremades F, Palazón-Bru A, Arroyo-Sebastián MdÁ, Gómez-Pérez L, Sepehri A, Martínez-Pérez S, Marhuenda-Amorós D, Rizo-Baeza MM, Gil-Guillén VF. (2015) Fear of becoming pregnant among female healthcare students in Spain. PeerJ 3:e1200 https://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1200
Abstract: The inconsistent use of hormonal contraceptive methods can result, during the first year of use, in one in twelve women still having an undesired pregnancy. This may lead to women experiencing fear of becoming pregnant (FBP). We have only found one study examining the proportion of FBP among women who used hormonal contraceptives. To gather further scientific evidence we undertook an observational, cross-sectional study involving 472 women at a Spanish university in 2005–2009. The inclusion criteria were having had vaginal intercourse with a man in the previous three months and usual use for contraception of a male condom or hormonal contraceptives, or no method of contraception. The outcome was FBP. The secondary variables were contraceptive method used (oral contraceptives; condom; none), desire to increase the frequency of sexual relations, frequency of sexual intercourse with the partner, the sexual partner not always able to ejaculate, desire to increase the partner’s time before orgasm, age and being in a stable relationship. A multivariate logistic regression model was used to determine the associated factors. Of the 472 women, 171 experienced FBP (36.2%). Factors significantly associated (p < 0.05) with this FBP were method of contraception (condom and none), desire to increase the partner’s ability to delay orgasm and higher frequency of sexual intercourse with the partner. There was a high proportion of FBP, depending on the use of efficient contraceptive methods. A possible solution to this problem may reside in educational programmes. Qualitative studies would be useful to design these programmes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/48972
ISSN: 2167-8359
DOI: 10.7717/peerj.1200
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2015 Navarro-Cremades et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, reproduction and adaptation in any medium and for any purpose provided that it is properly attributed. For attribution, the original author(s), title, publication source (PeerJ) and either DOI or URL of the article must be cited.
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Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1200
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