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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2017;23(4):265-275.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2017.23.4.265    Published online December 27, 2017.
Experience of taking Oral Contraceptives in Adult Women
Soon Hee Lee, In Young Lee, Eun Ae Kim
1Department of Nursing, Korea National University of Transportation, Jeungpyeong, Korea. nhlee@ut.ac.kr
2College of Law, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea.
3Ewha Institute for Social Sciences, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
Abstract
PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to explore essences and meanings of using oral contraceptives among adult women.
METHODS
The interview was conducted with 20 adult women who lived in Seoul, Gyeongi Province, Jeolla Province, Chungcheong Province, and Gangwon Province. Participants with the experience of using oral contraceptives for contraception were selected by convenience sampling. Semi-structured interviews were conducted for data collection. The data were analyzed using Colaizzi's method.
RESULTS
Five themes revealed: ‘Lack of information and knowledge regarding oral contraceptives’, ‘Inconvenient and difficult purchase process of oral contraceptives’, ‘Pressure and fear regarding other people's reaction’, ‘Self-centered thinking toward the use of oral contraceptives’, ‘A need for a change in public awareness and policy’.
CONCLUSION
A change in society's perception about oral contraceptives is required for safe contraceptives use. Therefore, it is necessary to educate the correct usage of oral contraceptives, and to develop a program for changing the paradigm of sex education.
Key Words: Adult women; Oral contraceptives; Qualitative research


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