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King's Termination Study II: Contraceptive Practice before and after Outpatient Termination of Pregnancy

Br Med J 1974; 1 doi: (Published 09 March 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;1:418
  1. R. W. Beard,
  2. Elizabeth M. Belsey,
  3. Shirley Lal,
  4. Stella C. Lewis,
  5. H. S. Greer


    A selection of psychological and social factors present in 360 women who underwent legal termination of pregnancy are related to their contraceptive practice. One-third of the group were ignorant about contraceptive methods, ignorance being more common in women from social classes IV and V and in those under the age of 19. Nearly half of those who had some knowledge of contraceptive practice became pregnant after knowingly taking a risk. A total of 41% had been using some form of contraception immediately before conception. The reliability of contraceptive methods used was found to be inversely related to neuroticism scores obtained from the Eysenck Personality Inventory, neuroticism being highest in women who had not used any form of contraception.

    Of 91% of the group seen three months after their termination 86% were using reliable contraceptive methods. A follow-up study one or two years after termination has shown that 81% of the 215 women contacted so far are using a reliable method of contraception; two unwanted pregnancies have occurred but both were due to contraceptive failure. This satisfactory outcome has been ascribed to the system of counselling all women before and after termination.