Unintended Pregnancy

Background Unintended pregnancy is a major public health problem. Women who experience an unintended pregnancy are less likely to seek timely and adequate prenatal care or to breastfeed their infant and are more likely to smoke or drink during their pregnancy (Committee on Unintended Pregnancy, 1995). Utah Data Healthy People 2010 goal 9-1 is to …

Adolescent Births

Research indicates that bearing a child during adolescence is associated with long-term difficulties for the mother, her child, and society. These consequences are often attributable to the poverty and other adverse socioeconomic circumstances that frequently accompany early childbearing …

Infertility in Utah, 2004-2005

Infertility is typically defined as a lack of pregnancy among couples who have had one year of sexual intercourse without using contraception. Worldwide, millions of couples suffer from infertility …

Access to Contraceptives in Utah

The United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 program established the goal: 70 % of all pregnancies in the U.S. will be intended by 2010. Utah is close to achieving this goal with only 31.4% of births reported as unintended …

Abortion

2005 Utah Resident Abortions: 3,279. Over the last decade Utah has maintained lower abortion rates than those of the nation. The rate represents the number of abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 …

Emergency Contraception in Utah

Compiled by Angie Stefaniak, MPA Background Emergency contraception (EC) is a birth control method that works by preventing pregnancy after an act of unprotected intercourse. Currently, two forms of emergency contraception are available: pills containing hormones and copper-T intrauterine device (IUD).[1] It is estimated that half of the 3.5 million unintended pregnancies that occur each …

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are common sexually transmitted diseases. They are both bacterial infections that can be acquired by sexual contact or by mother to newborn contact at birth. Women infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea may have discharge, painful urination, lower abdominal pain, or bleeding between menstrual periods …