Unmet need for family planning: A challenge to public health

*, Veena V and Holla, Ramesh and *, Parasuramalu B G and *, Balaji R (2014) Unmet need for family planning: A challenge to public health. National Journal of Community Medicine, 5 (4). pp. 401-405. ISSN pISSN 0976 3325│eISSN 2229 6816

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Introduction: Unmet need for family planning refers to gap between some women’s reproductive intention and their con-traceptive behaviour. This poses a challenge to the family planning programme. Objectives: To find out the extent of unmet need, associated socio-demographic factors and possi-ble reasons for unmet need among pregnant women. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 523 pregnant women attending antenatal clinic of Pri-mary health center attached to a medical college in Bangalore for a period of 7 months using pretested semi-structured ques-tionnaire by interview. Descriptive statistics was used for summarization of the data. Statistical association was deter-mined using chi-square test. Results: In the present study the extent of unmet need among pregnant women was 122(23.3%), 99(19.0 %) for spacing the birth and 23(4.3%) for limiting the birth. Unmet need was sig-nificantly associated with socio-economic status, number of living children. The main reason for unmet need for family planning was opposition by family members (n=59, 48.3%). Conclusion: The study found that women cited a range of rea-sons that prevented them from using contraceptives. To ad-dress these issues needs various measures like imparting proper family planning education by conducting awareness programmes at the community level, removing misconcep-tions regarding family planning etc.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Unmet need, family planning, pregnant women, spacers, limiters, population, primary health center, contracep-tion
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2015 07:55
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 07:55
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/142093

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