Women need better access to contraception in PNG

IN A study of nearly 1198 women presenting for antenatal care at Port Moresby General Hospital, researchers found nearly half of the pregnancies were unintended. This was common among women aged <20 and among those who already had three or more children, often with birth spacing of less than two years.

Among 592 women with an unintended pregnancy, no contraceptive method was recorded for 26.7%, withdrawal was used by 21.3%, condoms 19.4% and injectable contraception was used by 20.4%.

Aust NZ J Obstet Gynaecol 2014; in press