More than half of Australian women who unexpectedly get pregnant are either on the pill or using condoms at the time, a survey has found.
The report into unplanned pregnancy by sexual health organisation Marie Stopes International shows that 43 per cent of women were on the oral contraceptive pill when it occurred. A further 22 per cent were using a condom and 21 per cent of the women using contraception were on more than one method.
Marie Stopes International acting chief executive Jill Michelson said the figures were proof of the need to increase the range of contraceptive options in Australia, invest in research to improve contraceptive efficacy and implement a dedicated contraceptive user education campaign.
Cait Calcutt, coordinator of Queensland-based unplanned pregnancy counselling service, said the research showed women were not using abortion as a form of contraception, as many people believed.
How does she come to this conclusion? The article is about how ineffective contraception is at avoiding pregnancy. When contraception fails, abortion is the next option for those who refuse to give birth to their child.