Many unplanned pregnancies due to contraception fail

Cost is getting in the way of good contraceptive care, says sexual health physician

UPDATED: 6pm, 8 October 2018

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More than 40% of women who fall pregnant unintentionally are using contraception at the time, and the rest aren't using it at all, an Australian survey shows.

Among 326 women interviewed about an unintentional pregnancy, 53% gave birth, 30% had an abortion and 15% had a miscarriage, with the remainder being pregnant at the time of the survey.

Most unintended pregnancies were described by women as 'wanted' but one in four were not, according to a phone survey of more than 2000 Australian women