Parity and Pregnancy Intention related to the Use of Contraceptives in Women of Reproductive
Keywords:Parity, Pregnancy intention, Contraceptives, Reproductive-age women
Background: The use of contraceptives in reproductive women is still a problem today. The association between contraceptive use and parity and pregnancy intention amongs legally married reproductive women has never been studied
Objectives: To determine the relationship between parity and pregnancy intention with contraceptive use among legally married women.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted with the involvement of 262 legally-married reproductive women, aged 15-49 years, in Bantul District, Indonesia. Socio-demographic data including age, education, income, parity, pregnancy intentions, and use of contraceptives were collected using a structured questionnaire by trained enumerators. Chi-square test was used to test the association between socio-demographic data and parity and pregnancy intention, while simple logistic regression models were used to examine the relationship between contraceptive use and parity and pregnancy intention. Data analysis was performed using statistical software by SPSS.
Results: Thirty-eight point five per cent of women of reproductive age who have ≥ 3 children and 16.5% of women of reproductive age who do not want to have children do not use contraception. Parity in women of childbearing age was not related to contraceptives (OR=2.58; 95%:0.67-1.76). Women of reproductive age who had intention of getting pregnant were 61% less likely (OR= 0.39; 95%: 0.37-0.74) to use contraceptives than those who did not have intention of getting pregnant.
Conclusions: The pregnancy intention is associated with a low contraceptive use in reproductive-age women. Thus, it is necessary to educate women in the reproductive age, their partners and family regarding the importance of birth spacing.
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