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Research Article

Contraceptive practice and unplanned pregnancy among single university students.

Br Med J 1975; 4 doi: (Published 25 October 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;4:217
  1. J B Cole,
  2. F C Beighton,
  3. I H Jones


    The sexual behaviour and contraceptive practices of a random sample of unmarried university students were compared with those of a group attending the student health service with an unplanned pregnancy. The immediate cause of most pregnancies in this series was incorrect use of a rhythm method. Irregularity of the menstrual cycle may have been a contributing factor in many cases. Psychological factors influencing the desire for pregnancy, while present, were not major contributing causes in many pregnancies.