This paper investigates and confirms the dramatic decline in female sterilization in New South Wales over the past decade, a period when male sterilization has remained fairly constant. The most significant decline occurred among women under 30 years of age, which resulted in a rise in the mean age at sterilization. In 1994-1995, 70% of sterilization operations were performed for contraceptive management only, 11% were concurrent with Caesarean section, and 9% with abortion. Incidental findings were an increase in Caesarean section and the proportion of women having concurrent sterilization, and a large decline in intra uterine device removals, more than half of which were accompanied with sterilization in 1994-1995. Currently-married women accounted for 80% of sterilization cases. Immigrant women generally had lower incidence of sterilization compared to the Australian-born.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1997|