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Unintended Pregnancy Risk and Contraceptive Use

A look at women aged 45 to 50 years

A significant percentage of women aged 45 to 50 years were considered at risk for unintended pregnancy (UIP), and women in this age group most commonly used permanent contraception when compared to younger age groups, according to a study of women aged 18 to 50 years. Among women 45 to 50 years (n=940), researchers found:

• 77.6% were at risk for UIP, which was similar to other age groups.

• Permanent contraception (44%) was most commonly used.

• 66.9% reported using some contraceptive method.

• 16.8% were not using any contraception.

Citation: Godfrey EM, Zapata LB, Cox CM, Curtis KM, Marchbanks PA. Unintended pregnancy risk and contraceptive use among women aged 45 to 50 years – Massachusetts, 2006, 2008, and 2010. [Published online ahead of print December 13, 2015]. Am J Obstet Gynecol. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.12.006.