Unmarried women and unintended pregnancy: An Indonesian cross-sectional study

Agung Laksono, Ratna Wulandari, Nikmatur Rohmah, Ratu Matahari

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Background: Indonesia has moral norms consider pregnancy among unmarried women a disgrace. The study analyzes the factors influencing unintended pregnancies among unmarried women in Indonesia. Material and Methods: The study examined 1,050 women. The author analyzed unintended pregnancy and six other variables (residence, age, education, employment, wealth, and parity). Multivariate analysis used binary logistic regression. Results: 15.5% of unmarried women in Indonesia have experienced an unintended pregnancy. Women living in urban areas are more likely to experience unintended pregnancies than women in rural areas. The 15-19 have the highest chance of experiencing an unintended pregnancy. Education is a protective factor from unintended pregnancy. Employed women are 1.938 times more likely than unemployed. Poverty is a risk factor for experiencing an unintended pregnancy. Multiparous is 4.095 times more likely than primiparous. Conclusion: The study identified six variables that affect unintended pregnancy among unmarried women in Indonesia: residence, age, education, employment, wealth, and parity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-363
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Community Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • Contraceptive use
  • family planning
  • maternal health
  • public health
  • unintended pregnancy
  • unmarried


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