n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Adolescent reproduction and contraception : review article




Extracted from text ... Obstetrics & Gynaecology Forum ? May 2006 55 REVIEW O&G Forum 2006;16:55-57 Introduction Adolescence refers to the time period between childhood and adulthood during which the body experiences a growth spurt, becomes capable of reproduction and undergoes great psychological change. It is a time of dynamic change that varies from culture to culture and is influenced by factors such as socio-economic status, societal expectations, environment and family. In the 1970s less than 50% of 19-year-old girl children were sexually active but by the 1980s more than 50% of 17- year-old girl children were reportedly sexually active. The Youth Risk ..


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