Clinical Investigation

Contraceptive Methods Used by Perimenopausal Women Who applied Aegean Obstetrics and Gynecology Training and Research Hospital, Family Planning Unit in between 2001-2005

  • Murat INAL
  • Yusuf YILDIRIM
  • Kenan ERTOPCU
  • Sivekar TINAR

Meandros Med Dent J 2006;7(2):13-16

Objective: To detect usage frequency and continuing rate of several contraceptive methods chosen by perimenopausal women surviving in Aegean region. Method: A total of 442 perimenopausal women who applied to family planning unit of our hospital for contraception in between August 2001 and April 2005 were enrolled into this prospective clinical study. Results: Mean age of the women was 47.4±4.8. The most common selected contraceptive methods were combined oral contraceptives (OCs) (31%) and Depo medroxyprogesteroneacetate (DMPA) (28.5%). If permanent methods including tuba ligation and vasectomy were excluded, the highest continuation rate was for OCs (83.9%). Conclusion: Although barrier contraception and IUD are suggested method for women in perimenopausal period, only 20.1% of perimenopausal Aegean region women appliying family planning unit of our hospital have chosen these methods. There is needed to further studies investigating the factors influence on the preparation of contraceptive methods of perimenopausal women and the continuation rate of these methods.

Keywords: Perimenopause, contraception, Aegean region