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MEDIA RELEASE 22 September 2011

NEW STUDY: PREGNANCY TERMINATION RATES STEADY On World Contraception Day (26 Sep) not-for-profit profit sexual and reproductive healthcare provider, provider Dr Marie™, is encouraging women to discuss their contraceptive options with a sexual health expert to reduce their risk of an unplanned pregnancy. This call-to-action falls within the same month of the release of the latest test Pregnancy Outcomes report 2009 figures. 1

New data , from one of the only states state in Australia that robustly collects and reports ports on pregnancy 2 termination statistics, shows that rates have remained steady since 2005 (15.3), experiencing a slight increase in 2008 (16.0) and have dropped again in 2009 (15.3). The 2009 rate is 2.3 per cent lower than its peak of 17.9 per cent in 1999. 1999 “The Pregnancy Outcomes report is considered to be Australia’s most accurate and robustly reported termination data,” said Jill Michelson, Director of Clinical Services Se for Dr Marie™. “What the South Australian data gives us is a glimpse of what might be happening nationally in regard to termination in Australia. From the report, women en aged between 20 to 24 years were the most represented age group accounting for 29.6 per cent of all terminations, followed by 25 to 29 year olds (21.9) and then teenagers aged 19 years and under (18.1). “This shows us that across all age groups there is still a lot more to be done on contraception education.” education. said Ms Michelson. “We would like to see the rates of termination not remain steady but in fact decrease through the use of appropriate contraception methods.” 3

A survey by Dr Marie™ found Australian women aged 18 to 50 years old, who had experienced an unplanned pregnancy, had limited awareness of contraceptive options. Thirty-one per cent of the women surveyed were unaware of the intra uterine device (IUD) ( as a contraceptive method, 34 per cent were unaware of contraceptive injections in and 26 per cent were unaware of implants. The study also found that 43 per cent of women who had an unplanned pregnancy were on the contraceptive pill at the time. “To reduce unplanned pregnancy you need to be aware of your contraceptive options and make sure your method matches your life-stage stage and lifestyle,” said Ms Michelson. “World World Contraception Day is the perfect opportunity to have this discussion with your doctor or sexual health medical expert.” -endsMedia edia enquiries call Claire Maloney 0431 279 785. About Dr Marie™: Dr Marie™ provides quality, non-judgemental, non judgemental, caring sexual and reproductive healthcare information, advice and services. Dr Marie™ is part of a worldwide not-for-profit not organisation, Marie Stopes International – a global partnership improving sexual and reproductive health for some seven million ion people in over 40 countries. countries Every year Dr Marie™ provides these services to 25,000 25,00 people across our network of licensed and accredited ccredited centre in Australia. Profit from our Australian services support our international development work which saves the lives of tens of thousands of women every year who are at risk of dying from complications relating r to pregnancy and childbirth. To learn more visit www.drmarie.org.au 1

Chan A, Scheil W, Scott J, Nguyen A-M, M, Sage L. Pregnancy Outcome in South Australia 2009. Adelaide: Pregnancy Outcome Unit, SA Health, Government of South Australia, 2011. 2 Pregnancy rate range - 2005: 15.3%, 2006: 15.5%, 2007: 15.4%, 2008: 16.0%, 2009: 15.6%, citation as above 3 Survey by Dr Marie commissioned by Marie Stopes International, conducted by Web Survey, Real Choices: Women, Contraception and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2008

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