Web-based survey 'Contraception and attitudes to sexual behaviour' completed by women accessing a UK menopause website

Grant P. Cumming, Rosemary Cochrane*, Heather D. Currie, Rik Moncur, Amanda J. Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background and methodology. 

Sociodemographic trends mean increasing numbers of new relationships in later life. These trends may not only have health consequences for women and health services but also impact on the targeting of sexual health messages. This study aimed to examine attitudes and knowledge surrounding contraception, sexual health and unwanted pregnancy among those accessing the website www.menopausematters.co.uk. A voluntary online survey was completed.

 Results. 

Survey was completed by 550 respondents. Three hundred and sixty-six women, 94% of whom self-classified as pre- or perimenopausal, had been sexually active with a male partner in the previous four weeks. Commonest contraceptive methods used by perimenopausal and postmenopausal women were condoms, combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) and male sterilization. Up to 42% of women surveyed were unhappy with their contraception. A total of 27% premenopausal, 32% perimenopausal women and 40% postmenopausal used no contraception. One-third of women were unhappy about this and 19 unplanned pregnancies had occurred. The majority of women were informed regarding COCP use over 35 years, hormone replacement therapy, emergency contraception and ceasing contraception. The majority of women were unaware that more terminations of pregnancy are performed in women over 40 than any other age group per total pregnancies.Almost a third of women were unaware that chlamydia incidence is increasing in older women. Most would use condoms in new relationship.

 Discussion and conclusions. 

Women accessing www.menopausematters.co.uk are well informed about contraception and sexual health. The majority of those accessing the site are sexually active, but many use no contraception, or are unhappy with their chosen method, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-109
Number of pages4
JournalMenopause International
Volume18
Issue number3
Early online date3 Jul 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012

Fingerprint

Menopause
Contraception
Sexual Behavior
Reproductive Health
Contraceptives, Oral, Combined
Unwanted Pregnancies
Condoms
Women's Health Services
Surveys and Questionnaires
Unplanned Pregnancy
Reproductive Sterilization
Postcoital Contraception
Pregnancy
Chlamydia
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Catalytic Domain
Age Groups

Keywords

  • Contraception
  • Menopause
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Website

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Cite this

Web-based survey 'Contraception and attitudes to sexual behaviour' completed by women accessing a UK menopause website. / Cumming, Grant P.; Cochrane, Rosemary; Currie, Heather D.; Moncur, Rik; Lee, Amanda J.

In: Menopause International, Vol. 18, No. 3, 01.09.2012, p. 106-109.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cumming, Grant P. ; Cochrane, Rosemary ; Currie, Heather D. ; Moncur, Rik ; Lee, Amanda J. / Web-based survey 'Contraception and attitudes to sexual behaviour' completed by women accessing a UK menopause website. In: Menopause International. 2012 ; Vol. 18, No. 3. pp. 106-109.
@article{d9f436b9549d4e33a26d89212b2eecbc,
title = "Web-based survey 'Contraception and attitudes to sexual behaviour' completed by women accessing a UK menopause website",
abstract = "Background and methodology. Sociodemographic trends mean increasing numbers of new relationships in later life. These trends may not only have health consequences for women and health services but also impact on the targeting of sexual health messages. This study aimed to examine attitudes and knowledge surrounding contraception, sexual health and unwanted pregnancy among those accessing the website www.menopausematters.co.uk. A voluntary online survey was completed. Results. Survey was completed by 550 respondents. Three hundred and sixty-six women, 94{\%} of whom self-classified as pre- or perimenopausal, had been sexually active with a male partner in the previous four weeks. Commonest contraceptive methods used by perimenopausal and postmenopausal women were condoms, combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) and male sterilization. Up to 42{\%} of women surveyed were unhappy with their contraception. A total of 27{\%} premenopausal, 32{\%} perimenopausal women and 40{\%} postmenopausal used no contraception. One-third of women were unhappy about this and 19 unplanned pregnancies had occurred. The majority of women were informed regarding COCP use over 35 years, hormone replacement therapy, emergency contraception and ceasing contraception. The majority of women were unaware that more terminations of pregnancy are performed in women over 40 than any other age group per total pregnancies.Almost a third of women were unaware that chlamydia incidence is increasing in older women. Most would use condoms in new relationship. Discussion and conclusions. Women accessing www.menopausematters.co.uk are well informed about contraception and sexual health. The majority of those accessing the site are sexually active, but many use no contraception, or are unhappy with their chosen method, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection.",
keywords = "Contraception, Menopause, Sexual behaviour, Website",
author = "Cumming, {Grant P.} and Rosemary Cochrane and Currie, {Heather D.} and Rik Moncur and Lee, {Amanda J.}",
year = "2012",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1258/mi.2012.012020",
language = "English",
volume = "18",
pages = "106--109",
journal = "Menopause International",
issn = "1754-0453",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Web-based survey 'Contraception and attitudes to sexual behaviour' completed by women accessing a UK menopause website

AU - Cumming, Grant P.

AU - Cochrane, Rosemary

AU - Currie, Heather D.

AU - Moncur, Rik

AU - Lee, Amanda J.

PY - 2012/9/1

Y1 - 2012/9/1

N2 - Background and methodology. Sociodemographic trends mean increasing numbers of new relationships in later life. These trends may not only have health consequences for women and health services but also impact on the targeting of sexual health messages. This study aimed to examine attitudes and knowledge surrounding contraception, sexual health and unwanted pregnancy among those accessing the website www.menopausematters.co.uk. A voluntary online survey was completed. Results. Survey was completed by 550 respondents. Three hundred and sixty-six women, 94% of whom self-classified as pre- or perimenopausal, had been sexually active with a male partner in the previous four weeks. Commonest contraceptive methods used by perimenopausal and postmenopausal women were condoms, combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) and male sterilization. Up to 42% of women surveyed were unhappy with their contraception. A total of 27% premenopausal, 32% perimenopausal women and 40% postmenopausal used no contraception. One-third of women were unhappy about this and 19 unplanned pregnancies had occurred. The majority of women were informed regarding COCP use over 35 years, hormone replacement therapy, emergency contraception and ceasing contraception. The majority of women were unaware that more terminations of pregnancy are performed in women over 40 than any other age group per total pregnancies.Almost a third of women were unaware that chlamydia incidence is increasing in older women. Most would use condoms in new relationship. Discussion and conclusions. Women accessing www.menopausematters.co.uk are well informed about contraception and sexual health. The majority of those accessing the site are sexually active, but many use no contraception, or are unhappy with their chosen method, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection.

AB - Background and methodology. Sociodemographic trends mean increasing numbers of new relationships in later life. These trends may not only have health consequences for women and health services but also impact on the targeting of sexual health messages. This study aimed to examine attitudes and knowledge surrounding contraception, sexual health and unwanted pregnancy among those accessing the website www.menopausematters.co.uk. A voluntary online survey was completed. Results. Survey was completed by 550 respondents. Three hundred and sixty-six women, 94% of whom self-classified as pre- or perimenopausal, had been sexually active with a male partner in the previous four weeks. Commonest contraceptive methods used by perimenopausal and postmenopausal women were condoms, combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) and male sterilization. Up to 42% of women surveyed were unhappy with their contraception. A total of 27% premenopausal, 32% perimenopausal women and 40% postmenopausal used no contraception. One-third of women were unhappy about this and 19 unplanned pregnancies had occurred. The majority of women were informed regarding COCP use over 35 years, hormone replacement therapy, emergency contraception and ceasing contraception. The majority of women were unaware that more terminations of pregnancy are performed in women over 40 than any other age group per total pregnancies.Almost a third of women were unaware that chlamydia incidence is increasing in older women. Most would use condoms in new relationship. Discussion and conclusions. Women accessing www.menopausematters.co.uk are well informed about contraception and sexual health. The majority of those accessing the site are sexually active, but many use no contraception, or are unhappy with their chosen method, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection.

KW - Contraception

KW - Menopause

KW - Sexual behaviour

KW - Website

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84865299547&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1258/mi.2012.012020

DO - 10.1258/mi.2012.012020

M3 - Article

VL - 18

SP - 106

EP - 109

JO - Menopause International

JF - Menopause International

SN - 1754-0453

IS - 3

ER -