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Knowledge, determinants and unmet needs for postpartum family planning use among women attending immunization clinic at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria



Knowledge, determinants and unmet needs for postpartum family planning use among women attending immunization clinic at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria



African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 44(1): 43-51



Most women in extended post partum period often have desire to use family planning. Disappointedly, majority of such women end up having unplanned or unwanted children. Little is currently known about factors responsible for such unmet family planning need among Nigerian women. To assess the prevalence and determinants of unmet need for post partum family planning (PPFP) among women in Oyo State, south- west, Nigeria. This cross-sectional analytic study was carried out using systematic sampling technique among 444 women attending immunization clinic in Ogbomoso, Nigeria. A pre-tested questionnaire was used for data collection and data analysis. was done using SPSS version 17. Chi-square test and binary logistic regression were used for analysis. The mean age of the respondents was 36?9. Majority (65.7%) of the respondents demonstrated poor knowledge on PPFP. More than half (54.0%) of them had unmet need for limiting while 46.0% had unmet need for spacing. Fear of side effects was the commonest reason for lack of PPFP use (17.4%). Unmet need was significantly associated with marital status, educational status and level of awareness about PPFP. Level of awareness was the only significant predictor of unmet need among our study participants (OR; 2.973, 95% C.I; 0.119-0.459). Our study shows a high unmet need for PPFP among women in Ogbomoso, thus there is need for a more programmatic focus on women in their extended post partum periods. There is need for more awareness program on PPFP to increase contraceptive uptake in Nigeria.

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