Women's domestic decision-making power and contraceptive use in Iran

Talebian, F.; Asadi, M.
June 2014
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine;Jun2014 Supplement, Vol. 12, p126
Academic Journal
Introduction: Women's domestic decision-making power is a potentially important but less studied indicator of women's ability to control their fertility. The purpose of this study was to examine women's autonomy and contraceptive use by using women's Domestic decision-making power. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, two hundred and seventy women of childbearing age, eligible for family planning and residing in Isfahan, were selected through random cluster sampling in 2013 and they filled a researcher-made questionnaire. Women's decision- making Power was estimated questions on who makes decisions at home. The association between Women's decision-making Power and contraceptive use was analyzed through statistical methods. Results: The results of this study revealed that the Mean (SD) score of women's household decisionmaking Power was 50.Women's Domestic Decisionmaking Power had significant association with the length of their present contraception method (r=0.04, p=0.03). Also reproductive decision-making power had significant association with type of current contraception methods (p=0.001). Domestic decisionmaking power and reproductive decision-making power were not significantly associated. Basic socio-demographic factors such as age, educational level, employment of women and number of their children had significant associations with type and the length of current contraception methods. Conclusion: The data of this study shows that women expressed half of the possible autonomy. The study shows that domestic and reproductive decision-making power was significantly related to contraceptive use. This suggests that women's empowerment in reproductive health cannot be separately addressed from women's decision-making power. Thus, an empowerment program should prioritize improving women's decision-making power.


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