Public scare has not deterred Finnish teenagers from using oral contraceptives

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7090.1348 (Published 03 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1348
  1. Elise Kosunen, Senior lecturer in general practicea,
  2. Heini Huhtala, Junior researcher (biometry)b,
  3. Arja Rimpelä, Professorb,
  4. Matti Rimpelä, Senior medical officerc,
  5. Arja Liinamo, Research assistantd
  1. a Medical School, University of Tampere, Box 607, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland
  2. b School of Public Health, University of Tampere, Box 607, FIN-33101 Tampere
  3. c National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, Box 220, FIN-00531 Helsinki, Finland
  4. d Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Box 35, FIN-40351 Jyväskylä, Finland

    Editor—The increased risk of venous thromboembolism related to the use of third generation oral contraceptives has been widely discussed in the media since October 1995, about two months before the original research reports were published.1 2 A few months after the negative publicity an increase of 10-11% in the number of induced abortions was reported from the United Kingdom.3 4

    In Finland the rate of teenage abortions has been successfully reduced over the past 10 years, the abortion rate being 9 per 1000 girls aged 15-19 in 1994.5 To a great extent this can be explained …

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