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Factors behind the Preference in Contraceptives Use among Non-pregnant and Sexually Active Women in Benin Republic
Authors: Justin Dansou, Adeyemi O. Adekunle, and Ayodele O. Arowojolu
Source: Central African Journal of Public Health, 3(5): 80-89; DOI: 10.11648/j.cajph.20170305.15
Topic(s): Contraception
Country: Africa
Published: OCT 2017
Abstract: Despite the amounting interest in improving access to and utilization of family planning methods, contraceptives prevalence rates remain low in Benin Republic. Rates of increase in contraceptives’ prevalence are low and underlying risk factors for use and non-use are not well known. This study investigates similarities and differences in factors associated to contraceptive use by type of method among 6,237 women recruited in 2011/2012 BDHS data using multiple logistic regression models. Most women (78.9%) involved in the current study did not use any contraceptive during their last sexual activity, 13.6% were currently using modern contraceptive methods and 7.8% was using traditional contraceptive methods. Significant covariates for modern contraceptive use were: female education, discussion about FP, number of living children, fertility preference, marital status, household wealth index, sex of household head, religious membership, and the area of residence. Concerning traditional methods use, they were: women’s ethnic background, discussion about FP, fertility preference and household wealth index. To improve contraceptives usage especially modern contraceptives, findings suggest, among other: fighting against sociocultural barriers; ensuring female’s formal education till secondary; encouraging good health behaviours (ANC follow-up, institutional delivery by skilled attendant, enhancing PNC visits) for women during childbirth and to increase FP education during those check-ups. Keywords Benin Republic, Contraceptive Preference, Modern Contraceptive, Traditional Contraceptive, DHS