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Type Journal Article - Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease
Title Awareness and use of contraception by women seeking termination of pregnancy in south eastern Nigeria
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Volume 1
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Page numbers 71-75
URL http://aphrc.sprintwebhosts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Awareness-and-use-of-contraception-by-wom​en-seeking-termination-of-pregnancy-in-south-eastern-Nigeria.pdf
Abstract
Objective: To determine the awareness and use of contraception by women seeking for termination of pregnancy in south eastern Nigeria. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional questionnaire based on the study of one hundred consecutive abortion seekers attending a clinic in southeastern Nigeria was utilized. Results: Mean age of the respondents was (23.5? 4.4) years. The majority were students (55.0%) with 64.0% having secondary education and 33.0% possesing tertiary educational qualifications. Seventy five percent were nulliparous while 49% had one or more previous pregnancy termination. The majority of the respondents (73%) were aware of contraceptive methods but only 10% had ever used including 6% using male condom. Only 38% of the respondents desired to use contraceptives after the termination of index pregnancy. Conclusions: It is concluded that the majority have the high level of contraceptive awareness but contraceptive usage is shockingly low. Therefore, there is a strong need to conduct further and wide spread research not only into the various factors that influence access to contraception but also factors that promote induced abortion and overall unsafe abortion morbidity and mortality as a basis towards the enrichment of discussion related to family planning and contraception, the magnitude of abortion problems, and abortion laws in Nigeria.

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