A Study to Assess the Awareness and Usage of Contraception Among Married Women
Keywords:Reproductive age-group women, Contraception, Awareness, Married Women
Background: India is the second most populous country in the world. Karnataka is the eighth largest state in India
in terms of Population. High fertility rate and hence high population growth rate are among the leading economic
and social problems faced by the developing world. This study is done to assess the awareness and usage of
various methods of contraception.
Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted in urban field practice area of Sri Siddhartha Medical College
in Tumkur. 260 study participants were included in the study and systematic random sampling method was used
to select the study subjects. Pre-tested questionnaire was used to interview participants about their reproductive
intentions and contraceptive behaviour.
Results: In the present study 193 (74.23%) study participants were aware about one or the other methods of
contraception. Majority 191(73.46%) of the participants were aware about tubectomy. The prevalence of
contraceptive usage was 55.4%.
Conclusion: The total demand of the community for Contraceptives is 77.3%, which has to be taken in to
consideration by policy makers. Only 74.23% of study participants were aware about one or the other methods of
contraception, hence there is a scope to increase the awareness.
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