THE MAGNITUDE AND DETERMINANTS OF INDUCED ABORTION AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS IN DEBRE TABOR TOWN, NORTHWEST ETHIOPIA
Methods: An institutional based cross-sectional study was conducted from February 3 to May 28,2021. A total of 236 female students were recruited from Debre Tabor Health Science College, Begiemidir Teachers’ college and Fekede Egzi college using systematic random sampling technique. The data were collected using self-administered questionnaire, and data analysis was done by SPSS version 25.0.
Result: The magnitude of unintended pregnancy and unsafe induced abortion was 59.8% and 18.6% respectively. Out of the total study participants, 91(38.6%) did use emergency contraceptive pills following unprotected sexual intercourse. Majority 44(75.9%) of abortion was induced. Out of respondents who had induced abortion 22(50%) were attended by their mother.
Conclusion: The prevalence of induced abortion was generally high in the study area. Department, year of study and condom use were strongly associated with induced abortion.
Abortion; Debre Tabor health science college; Fekede Egzi college; Ethiopia.