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Use of hormonal contraceptives among immigrant women and their daughters in Norway: Data from the Norwegian Prescription Database.

Diaz, Esperanza; Omland, Gry; Hannestad, Yngvild; Ruths, Sabine.
Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand; 98(2): 232-239, 2019 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | 2019 | ID: mdl-30252134
Resumo: INTRODUCTION: Immigrants and their offspring constitute 16.3% of the population in Norway. Knowledge about their contraceptive use is important in order to inform adequate family planning services. Prior research has shown less use of contraception among first-generation immigrants than among non-immigrant women. Our aim is to compare the use of hormonal contraceptives between immigrants and their adult daughters. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Information from the Norwegian Prescription Database on all hormonal contraceptives dispensed at all pharmacies in Norway in 2008 was merged with demographic, socioeconomic and immigration data from the National Population Register and information from the Regular General Practitioner Database and the Medical Birth Registry Norway. A total of 10 451 women aged 16-30 from five countries with relatively large numbers of immigrants and adult daughters living in Norway in 2008 were included in the study. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression analyses were conducted. The main outcome measure was use of any hormonal contraceptive. RESULTS: More daughters of immigrants from Vietnam compared with immigrant women from these countries (odds ratio [OR] 2.3, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.8-2.8) and Poland (OR 2.3, 95% CI: 1.6-3.3) used hormonal contraceptives. However, no adjusted differences between generations were detected for immigrants from Pakistan (OR 1.2, 95% CI 1.0-1.4), Morocco (OR 1.0, 95% CI 0.7-1.4) or Chile (OR 1.3, 95% CI 0.8-1.9). CONCLUSIONS: Further research should explore the reasons for heterogeneity in use of contraception among daughters of immigrants from different origins and explore whether daughters of immigrant mothers from some areas have unmet needs of contraception.