Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Contraception Among Multiparous Women at Lady Aitchison Hospital, Lahore
AbstractTo determine the level of awareness among multigravida regarding family planning methods and contraception coming to gynae outdoor of Lady Aitchison Hospital. This study was conducted at King Edward Medical University Lahore in one year (August, 2008 to July, 2009). This is a cross sectional survey of 600 women selected through systematic random sampling. This study included women 25 – 45 years of age in Para 4. Specific issues explored were the attitude towards family plan-ning, method preference, the level of contraceptive knowledge, awareness and perceived availability of methods, the current use of contraception, source of supply and the husbands influence on choosing contraceptive method. Among 600 women, 60% were aware of some contraceptive method. The most frequently used method was bilateral tubal ligation (BTL) (125) 20.83%. The use of intrauterine contraceptive device 83 13.08% was the second most common method followed by oral contraceptive pills (OCP) (37) 6.17%. (160) 26.67% women do not use any contraceptive method. The major reason for not using any method was the belief of being sterile, fear of side effects and to have more children. Educated women were (360) 60% more aware as compared to illiterate women (125) 20%. Green star and family planning centers remain the largest source of contraceptive services for Pakistani women.
Key Words: Contraceptive use, multiparous women, family planning awareness, Knowledge Attitude and Practice – gap (knowledge attitude and practice – gap).
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