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High rate of unintended pregnancies in women 40-44

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, January 04, 2007 | 0 comments

During the fifth decade of life, many women are lulled into a false sense of security, thinking that they are no longer fertile because they are so close to menopause.

Although fertility declines, pregnancy can still occur, as demonstrated by a relatively high rate of unintended pregnancies in women aged 40-44 years.

In fact, the number of unintended pregnancies in this age group has increased over the past decade (Henshaw, 1998), which underscores the need for continued contraceptive practice in heterosexual couples.


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