International Conference on Family Planning 2009

Family Planning: Research and Best Practices

Why Women Stop Using Contraception

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Easmon OtupiriIn Ghana, 24 percent of married women use some form of contraception; 17 percent use a modern method. During a panel on Monday morning, Easmon Otupiri, from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, presented a paper that shed some light on the discontinuation of contraception.

In a study of women of childbearing age in Hohoe District, Otupiri and colleagues looked for factors that might improve the uptake of contraception. The main reason for use, they found, was to delay the initiation of childbearing. More importantly, perhaps, were the reasons for non-use of contraception. Almost two-thirds of the women surveyed had used modern methods and then discontinued. More than fifty percent of those who discontinued use cited as their main reason a fear of adverse effects.

Otupiri concluded that more education into the use and side effects of modern contraception would improve family planning, as would an increase in the mix of methods used.

Written by C. Grillo | JHSPH

November 16, 2009 at 8:28 pm

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