Rate of undergraduates pregnancies is worryingly high
- By: Siân Knight
One in 10 female graduates become pregnant before they graduate, according to new research commissioned by the National Union of Students (NUS) which surveyed 970 female higher and further education students in England and Wales. Students who were married or in steady relationships and mature student were, unsurprisingly, three times more likely to have been pregnant than comparative subgroups - 36% and 35% respectively, compared with 7-8% - and 81% of the survey group said that their pregnancies were unplanned.
One in five of the survey participants said they occasionally or often had sex without using any form of contraception. Only half of those who had ever used a condom were still doing so, and three quarters of these never or rarely carried condoms themselves.
Half the participants in the survey had tried the contraceptive pill and most of these were still using it. Many of the women not using