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Factors related to choice of modern vs traditional contraceptives among women in rural Sri Lanka

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Janitha Hettiarachchi,

Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Nalika S Gunawardena

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Objectives: Sri Lankan family planning progrmme aims to promote modern contraceptives. This study was aimed to assess factors associated with choice of traditional versus modern contraceptives among women in a rural setting in Sri Lanka

Methods: Two groups of traditional method (n=217) and modern method (n=217) users were studied using an interviewer-administered questionnaire.

Results: Age >35 years (p<0.001), Muslim ethnicity (p=0.045), living with extended families (p<0.001), not having children (p<0.001), youngest child being >6 years (p=0.012), non-receipt of detailed information on modern methods (p<0.001), public health midwife (PHM) not visiting homes (p<0.001), living >1 km from field clinic (p=0.002), nonutilization of field clinic services (p<0.001), negative opinions about PHM's services (p<0.001), negative opinion regarding services at field clinic (p<0.001) and poor knowledge on modern contraceptives (p=0.015) were associated with the choice of traditional methods.

Conclusions: Choice of traditional method was associated with personal factors as well as service gaps.

Key words: traditional contraceptives; rural Sri Lanka; modern contraceptives.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljog.v33i1.3999

SLJOG 2011; 33(1): 20-25

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljog.v33i1.3999
How to Cite: Hettiarachchi, J. & Gunawardena, N.S., (2012). Factors related to choice of modern vs traditional contraceptives among women in rural Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 33(1), pp.20–25. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljog.v33i1.3999
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Published on 22 Jan 2012.
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