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Intended postpartum contraceptive use among pregnant and puerperal women at a university teaching hospital

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Abstract

Objective

To assess the intention to use postpartum contraceptives and factors influencing use.

Method

A total of 423 consecutive consenting women attending the pregnancy and puerperal clinics at a university teaching hospital were interviewed using structured questionnaire.

Results

The prevalence of previous contraceptive use was 35.5%. Fifty-four percent of the respondents intended to use contraceptives after delivery, though 3% were yet to decide. Condoms (38.3%) followed by intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) 11.5%, were the most preferred choice of postpartum contraceptives. However, spermicide (0.4%) was the least preferred. Advanced age and high parity significantly predicted intention to use postpartum contraceptives (P = 0.02 and 0.01, respectively). Also high level of respondent’s education and family planning counseling by doctors and nurses increased the intention to use postpartum contraceptives (P = 0.03 and 0.01, respectively).

Conclusion

Family planning counseling and education play a vital role in increasing the use of contraceptives in the postpartum period.

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Adegbola, O., Okunowo, A. Intended postpartum contraceptive use among pregnant and puerperal women at a university teaching hospital. Arch Gynecol Obstet 280, 987–992 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00404-009-1056-6

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Keywords

  • Family planning
  • Postpartum contraception
  • Pregnant women
  • Puerperal women