Altınbaş, Şadıman Kıykaç; Tekin, Yeşim Bayoğlu; Dilbaz, Berna; Kılıç, Selim; Taşçı, Yasemin; Kandemir, Ömer
September 2013
Nobel Medicus Journal;Sep-Dec2013, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p64
Academic Journal
Objective: To determine the contraceptive methods and postpartum contraceptive choices in patients with current unintended pregnancies. Material and Method: The study was conducted with pregnant women applied to antenatal outpatient clinic via face-to-face interviews between January 2009-May 2011. Demographic data, education levels, monthly income, preconceptional methods, and contraceptive method planned to be used during postpartum period were questioned. Results: The mean age, gravidity and parity of participants were 30.5±6.4 years, 4.2±2.6, 2.6±2.1, respectively. Educational status was as follows; 28(21.5%) had no education, while 72 had primary (55.4%), 25 (19.2%) had secondary education, 3.8% had university education. Economic status was recorded as low (53.1%), moderate (39.2%) and high (7.7%). The highest rate of pregnancy was more likely to be in the traditional method use (58.5%), followed by condom use (15.4%) and intrauterine devices (IUD) (12.3%). The traditional method use was of the highest failure rates in each group of income levels. The patients preferred IUD (43.8%) and tubal ligation (31.5%) as postpartum contraceptive options. Factors affecting preference of contraceptive methods were reliability of the method [51.9% (n=67)], the cost-being an easily accessible method [17.8% (n=24)], usability of the method at the lactation period [13.2% (n=17)] and permanence of the method [17.1% (n=22)]. Conclusion: Couples should be evaluated according to their socio-cultural and economic status in the prevention of unintended pregnancies. It should be kept in mind that couples who are well informed about contraceptive options are more likely to be satisfied and continue use of their chosen method.


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