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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-32

Utilization of family planning services at the University of Nigeria teaching hospital profile of contraceptive acceptors

Dept. of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, Nigeria

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M N Aghaji
Department of Community Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 01129 Enugu
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A retrospective study of the sociodemographic characteristics of the contraceptive acceptors at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital from January to December 1992 is presented. All the 1115 acceptors were married women aged 18 - 55 years. The highest acceptors were those aged 26 - 40 years 894 (80%), while teenagers below the age of 20 years formed only 1 (2%) of all the clients. A greater proportion of the women 805 (72%) had formal education and 871 (78%), had 4 -10 living children. Child spacing was given as the most important reason for attending the family planning clinic by 721 (65%) women. The IUD was the most popular method of contraception adopted by 861 (77%) women, followed by injectables 177 (16%) and then oral contraceptives 36 (3%). It is recommended that the promotion of the child spacing benefits of contraception, the availability of the barrier and natural family planning methods be used to improve the patronage of family planning services especially among the men, young females, and illiterate women.

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