The Utilization of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services among young people: A cross-sectional study in Greece

Reproductive Health Services and young people

  • Theodora Zoitaki Saint Panteleimon General Hospital of Nikaia, Piraeus, Athens
  • Christina Dimitrakaki
  • Assist Prof Venetia Notara
  • Evanthia Sakellari
  • Prof Areti Lagiou
Keywords: sexual and reproductive health services, youth-friendly health services, young people, counseling, satisfaction, sexually transmitted infections


Purpose: To explore young people’s experiences of public or private services received for their sexual and reproductive healthcare.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out involving 358 students from vocational post-secondary education during the academic year 2018-2019, using a questionnaire based on the directions of the Youth Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (SRHS) proposed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

Results: Out of 358 students, only 35(9.78%) visited public health services, while 85 (23.74%) visited both public and private services.  Gynaecologists, in private sectors, were visited by 127 students of whom 34.6% and 33,1% were between the ages of 18-20 and 21-30 years, respectively.  111 students (31.01%) did not use any service. A slight difference between the staff friendliness and the services received between the public and private sectors was observed. Similarly, a marginal lead was apparent in the private sector with regards to availability of appointments, emergencies and privacy. In the public sector, fewer participants were informed of the abortion services available.

Conclusions:  The satisfaction rate was quite high regarding healthcare consultation, in both sectors. However, counseling on contraceptive methods, information on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, and other aspects of sexual and reproductive health were not satisfactorily covered. Finally, participants wished for more counseling and a greater focus on personal concerns.


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Author Biographies

Christina Dimitrakaki

2Centre for Health Services Research, Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece

Assist Prof Venetia Notara

3Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece; 4Department of Public and Community Health, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece

Evanthia Sakellari

3Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece; 4Department of Public and Community Health, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece

Prof Areti Lagiou

3Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece; 4Department of Public and Community Health, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece


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DOI: 10.26838/MEDRECH.2021.8.1.468
Published: 2021-01-14
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Zoitaki T, Dimitrakaki C, Notara V, Sakellari E, Lagiou A. The Utilization of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services among young people: A cross-sectional study in Greece: Reproductive Health Services and young people. Med. res. chronicles [Internet]. 2021Jan.14 [cited 2021Apr.20];8(1):01-2. Available from:
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