DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-1770.ijrcog20174069

Knowledge attitude and practice of contraceptives in married women in a tertiary care

Perveena Fareed, Farhana Siraj, Neha Mahajan

Abstract


Background: To estimate the knowledge, attitude and practice of contraception among women attending postpartum OPD.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Obstetrics and Gynecology outpatient department Government medical college Srinagar. Sample size of 200 patients attending post-partum OPD were taken and questioned using a questionnaire. Questions were asked regarding age, educational status, parity, knowledge, practice of contraceptives and reasons for non-use of contraceptives.

Results: 63% of patients were aware of any contraceptive. Among contraceptives most common known contraceptive was OCP’s (62%) followed by female sterilization (52%) and Intrauterine devices (51%). Only 21% were aware of male sterilization. Implants were known to only 5% of patients. Awareness of emergency contraceptives was seen in only 18.5% of patients. Among patients having awareness of contraceptives most common used method was OCP’s (73%) followed by barrier, IUD’s (48%) and injectable (44%).

Conclusions: The study highlights that awareness does not always lead to the use of contraceptives. A lot of educational and motivational activities and improvement in family planning services are needed to promote the use of contraceptives and reduce the high fertility rate.


Keywords


Awareness, Contraception, Contraceptive, KAP survey

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