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Few first-year university students not practicing safe sex, survey reveals

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Ten percent of the nation’s first-year university students who have had sexual intercourse did not take any precautions to avoid pregnancy, survey results released on Wednesday showed.

The survey, conducted by the Taiwan Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology, showed that 16 percent of first-year university students said they had had sexual intercourse, but not all of them took contraceptive measures because “it happened to suddenly.”

Tsai Yung-chieh (蔡永杰), a physician at the Chi Mei Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said four common problems found in young people’s contraceptive measures were miscalculating the “safe” (infertile) period, misusing condoms, a misconception about oral contraceptive pills and misuse of emergency contraceptive pills such as the “morning-after pill.”

While nearly half of the respondents considered keeping condoms in their wallet, they are easily broken or damaged when stored there, Tsai said, adding that broken condoms not only increase the risk of pregnancy, but also of sexually transmitted diseases.

Many young women are unwilling to take oral contraceptives because they are afraid they will make them infertile, Tsai said, adding that the contraceptive effect of morning-after pills decreases as the hours go by, and the dosage is much higher than that of oral contraceptives, so it can cause menstrual irregularities or vaginal bleeding.

The results have been released ahead of World Contraception Day tomorrow. The survey collected 1,157 valid samples from 416 women and 731 men.

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