Reasons for termination of pregnancy in women aged 35 and over

Wendy Lee and Danielle Mazza
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02739.x
Published online: 3 August 2009

To the Editor: Over a third of women seeking a termination of pregnancy (TOP) in Melbourne are aged 30 years or over.1 Between 1996 and 2006, there was a 29% increase in the number of women aged 30–50 years having a TOP.2 Possible reasons for this trend are not immediately apparent.

  • Department of General Practice, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.



We thank Mark Jones and the staff at the Women’s Clinic on Richmond Hill, Melbourne, for their assistance with data collection. We gratefully acknowledge the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Research Foundation for its support of our project. The project was funded by the Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development program and the PWH Grieve Memorial Award.

Competing interests:

Wendy Lee is a GP employed at the Women’s Clinic on Richmond Hill, where she works once a week. Our research is based on data from this clinic recorded by nine pregnancy counsellors, including her own.

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