The 10th ESC Seminar “Unwanted pregnancy or abortion” was held in Belgrade, 18-19 September 2009.
There were 62 abstract submissions from which 10 were chosen as Free Communications and 39 as Posters.
The winners and holders of joint second place were:
Winner: I.E. Blidaru, M. Roman, I. Catighera, R. Plesca: Compliance and user satisfaction with the injectable contraception in the Family Planning Unit of the ’’Cuza Voda’’ Maternity University Hospital. Iasi, Romania.
Data was collected over a 5 year period, with a total of 51,225 consultations. 2,766 women used the injectable, the majority being from rural areas and aged over 30 years. The reasons for choosing this method included breast feeding, medical conditions such as endometriosis and anaemia and contraceptive advantages of the method. On average, the users had 5 injections with a discontinuation rate of 33.5%. There were 16 unwanted pregnancies.
In conclusion, the authors stated that the injectable was the ideal method for selected categories of women and that the method was culturally accepted.
Joint Second Place:
O.E. Loeber: Should medical abortion in the Netherlands be used more often? Arnhem, The Netherlands.
V. Ramos, A. Gomes, M. Tavares, T. Bombas, T.S. Fernández, E. Malhiero, P. Moura: Contraceptive behaviour in women seeking for legal abortion. Coimbra, Portugal.
Winner: L.T. Stanisic, D.V. Zaric: The necessity of sex education of adolescents. Primary Health Care Centre ‘’Novi Sad’’, Novi Sad, Serbia.
A survey of 1000 Novi Sad male and female adolescents aged 15-19. The survey included questions on periods, menstrual cycles, conditions that can affect reproductive health and situations when conception can occur. There were 56% girls and 44% boys of average age 17.5 years. The girls scored more highly than the boys and educational status was significant. The majority of incorrect answers were in the questions on periods and time of conception in a menstrual cycle.
The authors concluded that sex education had to be tailored to cover specific gaps in knowledge and that as students preferred to discuss sex with their peers, that peer educators be used, supervised by teachers.
Joint Second Place:
S.K. Azmat: Perspectives and understanding of law professionals towards the abortion law and women’s rights to safe abortion in Pakistan – a qualitative study. Marie Stopes Society, Pakistan
D. Kljakic, G. Vukcevic, Z. Popivoda, D. Radonjic, S. Raicevic: Urgent (emergency) contraception of intrauterine device Multiload 375. Montenegro