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A repeated survey of sexual behavior among female university students in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Internationell kvinno- & mödrahälsovård/Essén)
2012 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 91, no 2, 215-219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective.

To investigate sexual behavior and use of contraceptives among female university students in 2009, and compare the results with surveys from 1999 and 2004. Design. Comparative, repeated cross-sectional surveys. Setting. A Student Health Centre in Sweden. Population. Female university students (n = 350).

Methods.

Multiple-choice waiting-room questionnaire. Main outcome measures: Number of sexual partners, sexually transmitted diseases, contraceptive methods.

Results.

Mean age was 23.5 years and 57% (n = 198) had a stable relationship. Almost all, 99% (n = 345), had had intercourse, 97% (n = 328) had received and 94% (n = 328) had given oral sex. The mean number of sexual partners had increased to 11.0, compared with 7.4 in 2004 and 5.4 in 1999. Sixty-five percent had had "first-date" intercourse without using a condom, compared to 45% in 2004 and 37% in 1999. More than one-third (39%) had experience of anal intercourse compared to 32% in 2004 and 27% in 1999. Experience of sexually transmitted infections had increased (29% in 2009, 21% in 2004, and 14% in 1999). Condoms were often used at very first intercourse (76%) and oral contraceptives were used at latest intercourse (54%). The use of emergency contraceptive pills had increased to 67%, compared with 52% in 2004 and 22% in 1999.

Conclusions.

Female university student's sexual lifestyle has become more risky and this might have serious consequences for their sexual and reproductive health in the future.

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2012. Vol. 91, no 2, 215-219 p.
Keyword [en]
Contraception, postcoital, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual behavior, unsafe sex, women
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-163460DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0412.2011.01297.xISI: 000299205200010PubMedID: 21995737OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-163460DiVA: diva2:464046
Available from: 2011-12-12 Created: 2011-12-12 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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