Table 1

Characteristics of starters and prescribers of combined oral contraceptives, 2008–2016 (%)

20082009–20102011–20122013–20142015–2016*
n=38 128n=70 244n=65 796n=64 649n=46 192
%%%%%
Starter age (years)
 <2058.462.563.264.265.4
 20–2412.812.314.014.714.9
 25–2911.09.18.37.87.5
 30–349.07.66.65.95.6
 35–498.78.58.07.46.7
Health region (residence)
 Southern/eastern Norway53.453.253.553.453.1
 Western Norway22.523.022.822.823.3
 Central Norway14.414.314.214.414.4
 Northern Norway9.69.59.59.59.3
Prescriber
 Doctors with no specialty21.923.727.731.933.5
 General practitioners42.137.335.132.731.1
 Gynaecologists8.97.97.57.06.9
 Doctors with other specialties6.74.83.93.63.6
 Public health nurses/midwives20.426.325.824.924.9
  • *Until 30 June 2016.