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Nearly three-quarters of Spanish women use contraception for their first sexual encounter

A study published in the journal Health & Place, looked at the different factors that influenced whether women in Spain used contraception during their first sexual encounter. Some influential factors that were observed were the women's region of residence, socioeconomic status and education.

Out of the 5,141 Spanish women that were surveyed, it was concluded that 70.4 percent of them used contraception during their first sexual encounter. The women were between the ages of 15 and 49 and were from different regions all over Spain.

The study found that the results varied in different regions. For instance, in Murcia, only 55.8 percent of women used contraceptives for their first sexual experience and in the Basque Country, 76.7 percent did. In addition, the rate was higher among women who were educated and lower among women who came from a poor background or lived in an impoverished region.

The most common prototype of a women who used contraception was non-religious, had a high level of education and had sex for the time at age 18 or 19. Those who have a low socioeconomic status were observed to have access to the least effective forms of contraception and therefore, were at the highest risk of pregnancy.

The results of the study were found to not vary significantly from other European countries.

The study suggests that women who only have access to the least effective forms of contraception are at a greater risk of getting infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
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