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Factors Influencing Unintended Pregnancies amongst Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Cambodia

School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 3125, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 4006; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16204006
Received: 7 September 2019 / Revised: 11 October 2019 / Accepted: 15 October 2019 / Published: 19 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women's Reproductive and Maternal Health)
Background: Unintended pregnancies in Cambodian youth are a major reproductive health concern with detrimental personal and socioeconomic consequences. A social ecological model was used to identify sociodemographic factors potentially associated with unintended pregnancies, and an analysis of data from the 2014 Cambodian Demographic and Health Survey was used to determine associations. Methods: Weighted data were analysed using multiple logistic regression analyses for 3406 Cambodian sexually active single, in union or married females aged 15–29 years. Results: The prevalence of unintended pregnancy was 12.3%. Unintended pregnancy was significantly associated with younger age groups (15–24 years), multiparity, history of abortion, and current use of modern contraceptive methods. All women had an increased likelihood of unintended pregnancy when the husband alone or someone else in the household made decisions about their access to healthcare. Conclusion: The burden of unintended pregnancies is associated with young age, multiparity, history of abortions, unemployment, and low autonomy for accessing healthcare. Multi-pronged, holistic reproductive and sexual health program interventions are needed to increase literacy and accessibility to modern contraception and to raise awareness about women’s health and status in Cambodia. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescents; reproductive and sexual health; unintended pregnancies; contraception; women’s health; women’s status adolescents; reproductive and sexual health; unintended pregnancies; contraception; women’s health; women’s status
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Rizvi, F.; Williams, J.; Hoban, E. Factors Influencing Unintended Pregnancies amongst Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Cambodia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4006.

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