Unintended pregnancy and population growth

27 December, 2022

Unintended Pregnancy CDC


According to a CDC report in 2008, 'women [in the United States] reported that more than half of all pregnancies (51%) were unintended. By 2011, the percentage of unintended pregnancies declined to 45%. That is an improvement, but some groups still tend to have higher rates of unintended pregnancy. For example, 75% of pregnancies were unintended among teens aged 15 to 19 years'.

From the eight billion population crisis to unnecessary hospital testing: moving beyond benign uproar | The BMJ


'This week the world’s population reached eight billion, which represents an increase by a third in the 23 years since The BMJ welcomed the six billionth inhabitant with a theme issue on overpopulation and overconsumption.

'That issue called for “benign uproar,” or intense debate, to tackle the unsustainable pressures placed on the planet by a growing global population seeking to emulate the production and consumption patterns of rich countries (doi:10.1136/bmj.319.7215.0). Any uproar has, until recently, perhaps been too benign. Population growth follows the worst case scenarios of that time, with the consequent environmental impact of high carbon emissions (doi:10.1136/bmj.319.7215.977).

'Another message of the theme issue was the importance of contraception. Again, taken in the broader context of women’s reproductive rights, progress isn’t where it should be. Maternal mortality, for example, is rising in the UK and Ireland (doi:10.1136/bmj.o2732). New research confirms the UK as one of the worst performing in Europe (doi:10.1136/bmj-2022-070621), and global variation in maternal mortality remains a stark health injustice (doi:10.1136/bmj.o2691).'

HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data. Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT gmail.com