Author(s): Ali AA, Rayis DA, Mamoun M, Adam I
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Investigating use and determinants of family planning methods may be instructive in the design of interventions to improve reproductive health services. FINDINGS: Across sectional community-based study was conducted during the period February-April 2010 to investigate the use of family planning in Kassala, eastern Sudan. Structured questionnaires were used to gather socio-demographic data and use of family planning. The mean ± SD of the age and parity of 613 enrolled women was 31.1 ± 7 years and 3.4 ± 1.9, respectively. Only 44.0\% of these women had previously or currently used one or more of the family planning methods. Combined pills (46.7\%) and progesterone injection (17.8\%) were the predominant method used by the investigated women. While age, residence were not associated with the use of family planning, parity (> five), couple education (≥ secondary level) were significantly associated with the use of family planning. Husband objection and religious beliefs were the main reasons of non-use of family planning. CONCLUSION: Education, encouragement of health education programs and involvement of the religious persons might promote family planning in eastern Sudan.
This article was published in BMC Res Notes
and referenced in Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health