The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Induced abortions by woman’s country of origin in Finland 2001–2014

Induced abortions by woman’s country of origin in Finland 2001–2014
Induced abortions by woman’s country of origin in Finland 2001–2014
Aims
Understanding the differences in reproductive health behaviours between native and migrant populations helps provide good reproductive health services. We investigate the differences in induced abortion rates, pregnancy histories, and use of contraceptives between native and migrant populations in Finland.

Methods
The Finnish Register on Induced Abortions was linked with Population Register data from years 2001–2014 to identify first and second-generation immigrants. The data included 142,708 induced abortions.

Results
Abortion and contraceptive use varied between women of Finnish and foreign origins. Native women had a lower abortion rate than women born abroad. Women born in Somalia and India had the highest likelihood for having an abortion shortly after birth. The highest risk for having an abortion soon after previous induced abortion was among women born in Iran, Iraq, Somalia and former Yugoslavia. The risk for having more than two induced abortions was the highest for women born in Russia/the former Soviet Union and Estonia. Second-generation immigrants had a lower abortion rate than first-generation immigrants. Lack of contraceptive use prior to abortion was more common among women born abroad.

Conclusion
There were differences in pregnancy histories and in the use of reliable contraceptive methods before an induced abortion by country of birth. The higher likelihood for abortion after a recent birth among first-generation immigrants highlights the need for more targeted counselling immediately after childbirth. Although the abortion rate is lower among second-generation immigrants, the neglect of contraceptive use calls for additional education in sexual and reproductive health.
1403-4948
88–95
Heino, Anna
144e7ee4-d967-43cd-81b7-9860f6f77028
Gissler, Mika
5e5daab1-5574-4a2e-854f-80f300454d6d
Malin, Maili
7d9ac303-756a-419a-acc8-299c10e7ff71
Vaisanen, Heini
ee5b9497-7825-4fd8-8b7e-3d5d2b164766
Heino, Anna
144e7ee4-d967-43cd-81b7-9860f6f77028
Gissler, Mika
5e5daab1-5574-4a2e-854f-80f300454d6d
Malin, Maili
7d9ac303-756a-419a-acc8-299c10e7ff71
Vaisanen, Heini
ee5b9497-7825-4fd8-8b7e-3d5d2b164766

Heino, Anna, Gissler, Mika, Malin, Maili and Vaisanen, Heini (2020) Induced abortions by woman’s country of origin in Finland 2001–2014. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 48 (1), 88–95. (doi:10.1177/1403494818812640).

Record type: Article

Abstract

Aims
Understanding the differences in reproductive health behaviours between native and migrant populations helps provide good reproductive health services. We investigate the differences in induced abortion rates, pregnancy histories, and use of contraceptives between native and migrant populations in Finland.

Methods
The Finnish Register on Induced Abortions was linked with Population Register data from years 2001–2014 to identify first and second-generation immigrants. The data included 142,708 induced abortions.

Results
Abortion and contraceptive use varied between women of Finnish and foreign origins. Native women had a lower abortion rate than women born abroad. Women born in Somalia and India had the highest likelihood for having an abortion shortly after birth. The highest risk for having an abortion soon after previous induced abortion was among women born in Iran, Iraq, Somalia and former Yugoslavia. The risk for having more than two induced abortions was the highest for women born in Russia/the former Soviet Union and Estonia. Second-generation immigrants had a lower abortion rate than first-generation immigrants. Lack of contraceptive use prior to abortion was more common among women born abroad.

Conclusion
There were differences in pregnancy histories and in the use of reliable contraceptive methods before an induced abortion by country of birth. The higher likelihood for abortion after a recent birth among first-generation immigrants highlights the need for more targeted counselling immediately after childbirth. Although the abortion rate is lower among second-generation immigrants, the neglect of contraceptive use calls for additional education in sexual and reproductive health.

Text
Induced abortions among women with foreign origin Author MS notrack - Accepted Manuscript
Download (177kB)

More information

Accepted/In Press date: 8 October 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 29 November 2018
Published date: 2020

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 425433
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/425433
ISSN: 1403-4948
PURE UUID: 73b8dc85-5cbc-41a2-ba4b-7d77e14ceede
ORCID for Heini Vaisanen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5494-0415

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 19 Oct 2018 16:30
Last modified: 08 May 2020 00:35

Export record

Altmetrics

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×