Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 280, Issue 6, pp 987–992 | Cite as

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

  • Omololu AdegbolaEmail author
  • Adeyemi Okunowo
Original Article



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


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


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).


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


Family planning Postpartum contraception Pregnant women Puerperal women 


Conflict of interest statement



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of MedicineUniversity of Lagos/Lagos University Teaching HospitalLagosNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyLagos University Teaching HospitalLagosNigeria

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