Assesment of Magnitude and Factors Associated with Unintended Pregnancy Among Preparatory Highschool Students,Addis Ababa,Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Background: Unintended pregnancies among adolescence become crucial health problem for all countries especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eventhough different prevention strategies were applied across the world, the problem still increasing in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. Objective: To assess the magnitude and associated factors of unintended pregnancy among preparatory school students in Addis Ababa. Methods: School based cross-sectional study was employed. For descriptive statistics frequencies, percentage and mean was use. Bivariate and multiple logistic regression analyses were employed to examine the relationship between getting unintended pregnancy with its associated factors. Significant association was determined at 95%CI AOR. Results: A total of 576 female students were participated making 100 %, response rate. The respondents’ mean age was 17.79(±0.076). 118(20.4± 3%; 95% CI) of the students reported that had ever experienced an unintended pregnancy. Nearly all unintended pregnancy was aborted with proportion of 117(99.16%). Among all 288 (50%± 4) reported to have had sexual experience at the time of the study. The mean age at first sexual intercourse was 17 (±0.12, 95% CI); among sexually active students 266 (92%) used contraceptives while they had sex. Students drank alcohol were three times more experience unintended pregnancy compared to none drunkard [AOR=3; 95% CI: 1.86, 13]. Students who chewed Kchat were two times more experience unintended pregnancy AOR: 2.0; 95%CI (1.4, 3.0). Students who watched pornographic movies were three times more likely to experience unintended pregnancy AOR: 2.9; 95%CI (1.9, 4.4). Students who did not discuss about reproductive health were two times more likely to get unintended pregnancy AOR=2.38; 95% CI: 1.38, 4.13]; and students who had ever used contraceptive method were less experienced unwanted pregnancy AOR=0.065; 95%CI: 0.034, 0.121]. Conclusion: Students should get information about reproductive health from health professionals, trained teachers, peer promoters and Medias in order to prevent unintended pregnancy. Key words: Unintended pregnancy, Preparatory student, Sexual behavior, associated factors



Unintended pregnancy, Preparatory student, Sexual Behavior, Associated factors