Prevalence and determinants of current contraceptive use among married women in Jada Local Government Area, Adamawa State, Nigeria

  • S Atinge Taraba State Health Services Management Board Jalingo
  • M Balogun Department of community health and primary care, college of medicine, university of Lagos
  • E Umahi Department of Public Health,Taraba state university, Jalingo
  • C Ejim Faith city hospital, 16, Asa Afariogun street, Ajao estate, Lagos
Keywords: Adamawa, Birth control, Family planning, Married women, Contraceptives

Abstract

Background: Family planning is a cost-effective intervention in the prevention of maternal, infant and child mortality. However, its uptake has been hamstrung by a myriad of factors in Northern Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa as a whole.

Objective: To determine the prevalence as well as determinants of current contraceptive use in Adamawa State, northern Nigeria.

Methods: The study was a descriptive cross-sectional in design. The participants were married women of reproductive age in Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa State. Participants were selected by multistage sampling technique. An interviewer-administered structured questionnaire was used for data collection.

Results: Five hundred and eighty married women participated in the study. The mean age of the respondents was 30.9±6.6 years. Five hundred and eleven (88.4%) were aware of contraceptives. However, the current rate of contraceptive use was 31.4%. The predictors of contraceptive use included the level of education (p = 0.006) and discussion with husband (p<0.001). The commonest reason cited for non-use of contraceptives was the fear of side effects among 144 (41.6%) women.

Conclusion: The prevalence of contraceptive use among married women was higher than the national average. High educational status and discussion of family planning with husband were the predictors of contraceptive use.

Author Biographies

S Atinge, Taraba State Health Services Management Board Jalingo

MBBS, MPH

E Umahi, Department of Public Health,Taraba state university, Jalingo

RN/RM, MPH

C Ejim, Faith city hospital, 16, Asa Afariogun street, Ajao estate, Lagos

MBBS, FWACS (O&G), MPH

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Published
2020-08-22
Section
Original Research