Awareness and Associated Correlates of Contraception Use among Patients of Reproductive Age: A Cross-sectional Analysis at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karach

  • Syeda Zehra Haider Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Tafazzul Hyder Zaidi Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Benish Sajid Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Summaiya Haider Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Rizwana Tabassum Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Mishal Jafry Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Sunila Saleem Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi Pakistan
  • Kiran Abbas Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi Pakistan
Keywords: Awareness, Birth control, Contraception, Family planning

Abstract

Objective: To assess the level of awareness of contraception among patients of reproductive age groups.

Study Design: Cross-sectional analytical study.

Place and Duration of Study: Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi Pakistan, between Jul 2018 to Jul 2019.

Methodology: Women aged more than 18 years and not disoriented at the time of data collection were included in the study. Women younger than 18 years or those getting treatment for psychiatric illnesses or amenorrhea were excluded from the study. A predefined proforma was used to collect data from the study participants.

Results: The mean age of the female patients was 26.5±8.6 years. The awareness regarding contraception was seen in 207(64.2%) female patients. Notably, 190(59.1%) women were aware of contraceptive methods. 210(65.3%) of the female patients considered contraception a safe practice. 225(69.7%) female patients thought contraception was necessary for child spacing. 82(25.4%) female patients had used some contraceptive at least once in their lifetime. Most women use oral contraceptive pills because of their easy-to-use and inexpensive features. Age and marital status significantly associated with the degree of awareness among participants (p<0.05).

Conclusion: The study concluded that most of our study population were well aware of contraception and its uses, but they avoided using the contraceptive methods because of certain religious boundaries and misconceptions regarding the harmful effects of contraception on their health.

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Published
2022-11-01
How to Cite
Haider, S., Zaidi, T., Sajid, B., Haider, S., Tabassum, R., Jafry, M., Saleem, S., & Abbas, K. (2022). Awareness and Associated Correlates of Contraception Use among Patients of Reproductive Age: A Cross-sectional Analysis at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karach. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 72(5), 1566-70. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72i5.4353
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