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One hundred and twenty (120) women, taking contraceptive pills, underwent a structured interview with a view elucidating their knowledge of the physiology of menstruation, the action and side effects of contraceptive pills and their compliance in the taking of contraceptive pills. The most important sources of information were the medical letters in magazines and the women's own doctors, while the teaching in the Folkeskole (primary and lower secondary school) had not had any major influence on the level of information. Well over one third of the interviewed women knew the most important action mechanism of the contraceptive pill, and half of the women could give a satisfactory explanation of the physiology of menstruation.
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Results from the 1988 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey show that many women are not taking oral contraceptives in a manner that ensures full protection by the method. Reports from 1,258 current pill users show a range of incorrect use; 63 percent of women surveyed reported an interruption in their use of the pill in the past month, and of those women, only 40 percent took the correct action when they missed a pill. The majority (89 percent) did not wait the correct number of days between packs.

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One hundred and fifty-eight attenders at general practices and family-planning clinics, and 20 young female doctors volunteered to complete a questionnaire about how women take the oral contraceptive pill, their knowledge of the Pill and their attitudes to withdrawal bleeding. Forty-three per cent of female patients has used the Pill to alter the time of withdrawal bleeding. Twenty-two per cent of female patients had taken the Pill daily for more than six weeks on at least one occasion and all reported positive experiences.

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Oral contraceptive users' risk of accidental pregnancy may be higher than it should be, because of inconsistent pill-taking. However, few reliable data are available on pill users' everyday experiences with their method, especially characteristics that may affect consistency of use.
Two months after initiating or resuming oral contraceptive use, a nationwide sample of 943 women completed questionnaires examining their compliance with instructions for proper use, the quality of their interactions with their provider, their satisfaction with the method, and the frequency and costs of visits or calls to their providers because of pill-related side effects.

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About one third of all pregnancies are unplanned and 20% of all pregnancies end in abortion. More than 170,000 legal abortions are performed in the United Kingdom annually. Nearly all general practitioners provide contraceptive advice; the most commonly used form of reversible contraception is the oral contraceptive pill.

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