The seasonality of abortion in Kentucky

Tanya E. Franklin, Graham Theisen, Chelsea V. Salyer, Christina Pinkston, Bakeerathan Gunaratnam

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Abstract

Objectives Abortion incidence is correlated with seasonal trends in conceptions and births. This retrospective review looks at monthly abortion incidence to detect a seasonal trend. Study design Data on abortion incidence in 2012 were obtained from the Kentucky Department of Vital Statistics. A regression analysis was performed to detect differences in abortion annualized rates by month. Results A total of 3810 abortions analyzed showed a trend in abortion incidence peaking in February and March with 444 and 378 abortions per month, respectively, compared to a mean of 299 in other months (p<.001). This trend persisted for second-trimester abortions with 64 and 56 abortions per month in February and March, respectively, compared to a mean of 30 in other months (p<.001). Conclusion The peak in first-trimester abortions correlate with the expected peaks of December conceptions. However, the same trend in second-trimester abortions suggests that women are delaying care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalContraception
Volume95
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Abortion access
  • Abortion funding
  • Abortion induced

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Franklin, T. E., Theisen, G., Salyer, C. V., Pinkston, C., & Gunaratnam, B. (2017). The seasonality of abortion in Kentucky. Contraception, 95(2), 181-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2016.08.019

The seasonality of abortion in Kentucky. / Franklin, Tanya E.; Theisen, Graham; Salyer, Chelsea V.; Pinkston, Christina; Gunaratnam, Bakeerathan.

In: Contraception, Vol. 95, No. 2, 01.02.2017, p. 181-185.

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Franklin, TE, Theisen, G, Salyer, CV, Pinkston, C & Gunaratnam, B 2017, 'The seasonality of abortion in Kentucky', Contraception, vol. 95, no. 2, pp. 181-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2016.08.019
Franklin TE, Theisen G, Salyer CV, Pinkston C, Gunaratnam B. The seasonality of abortion in Kentucky. Contraception. 2017 Feb 1;95(2):181-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2016.08.019
Franklin, Tanya E. ; Theisen, Graham ; Salyer, Chelsea V. ; Pinkston, Christina ; Gunaratnam, Bakeerathan. / The seasonality of abortion in Kentucky. In: Contraception. 2017 ; Vol. 95, No. 2. pp. 181-185.
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