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Recent trends in contraceptive use among Korean adolescents: Results from a nationwide survey from year 2013 to 2015

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ABSTRACT

Objective: This study was aimed to evaluate the recent trends in contraceptive use among Korean adolescents.

Methods: Data reviewed were from the 2013–2015 Korean Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey, which is a stratified, multistage-sampling designed online-based research project performed annually by the Korean government to ensure a nationally representative sample of Korean adolescence. Eight questions related to the topic of contraception were reviewed for the outcome variables.

Results: A total of 212,538 adolescents attending middle school and high school participated in the survey, and 8,755 students among them who were sexually active were included in the study. The percentage of contraceptive use showed a steady increase from 39% in 2013 to 48.7% in 2015; however, the proportion of adolescents who have never used any kind of contraception still remains high. Highly effective methods such as oral contraceptives and intrauterine devices were used by only 10% to 15% of sexually active adolescents.

Conclusion: The present study demonstrates the status of contraceptive use among Korean adolescents. Our data have the potential to help healthcare providers to formulate policies and develop interventions for encouraging effective contraceptive use among sexually active Korean adolescents.

No MeSH data available.


Rate of contraceptive use in sexually active adolescent in Korea.
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Figure 1: Rate of contraceptive use in sexually active adolescent in Korea.

Mentions: Fig. 1 presents the rate of contraceptive use. Contraceptive use among sexually active adolescents showed a steady increase from 2013 to 2015 in both boys and girls (about 10% over 2 years); nonetheless, the proportion still did not reach half of all adolescents having sexual intercourse. Fig. 2 shows the frequency of contraceptive use. In the last three years, the percentage of "always use" increased from 26.1% to 33%, whereas that of "never use" decreased from 53.3% to 43.5%. The percentage of the items "almost always use" or "sometimes use" of contraception were similar across the three years of the study period.


Recent trends in contraceptive use among Korean adolescents: Results from a nationwide survey from year 2013 to 2015
Rate of contraceptive use in sexually active adolescent in Korea.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC5120072&req=5

Figure 1: Rate of contraceptive use in sexually active adolescent in Korea.
Mentions: Fig. 1 presents the rate of contraceptive use. Contraceptive use among sexually active adolescents showed a steady increase from 2013 to 2015 in both boys and girls (about 10% over 2 years); nonetheless, the proportion still did not reach half of all adolescents having sexual intercourse. Fig. 2 shows the frequency of contraceptive use. In the last three years, the percentage of "always use" increased from 26.1% to 33%, whereas that of "never use" decreased from 53.3% to 43.5%. The percentage of the items "almost always use" or "sometimes use" of contraception were similar across the three years of the study period.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Objective: This study was aimed to evaluate the recent trends in contraceptive use among Korean adolescents.

Methods: Data reviewed were from the 2013–2015 Korean Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey, which is a stratified, multistage-sampling designed online-based research project performed annually by the Korean government to ensure a nationally representative sample of Korean adolescence. Eight questions related to the topic of contraception were reviewed for the outcome variables.

Results: A total of 212,538 adolescents attending middle school and high school participated in the survey, and 8,755 students among them who were sexually active were included in the study. The percentage of contraceptive use showed a steady increase from 39% in 2013 to 48.7% in 2015; however, the proportion of adolescents who have never used any kind of contraception still remains high. Highly effective methods such as oral contraceptives and intrauterine devices were used by only 10% to 15% of sexually active adolescents.

Conclusion: The present study demonstrates the status of contraceptive use among Korean adolescents. Our data have the potential to help healthcare providers to formulate policies and develop interventions for encouraging effective contraceptive use among sexually active Korean adolescents.

No MeSH data available.