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Pakistan is among the fastest growing countries of the world as far as population growth is concerned. With a growth rate of 2percent, the contraceptive prevalence rate is stagnant at 30 percent for the last many years. Use of family planning methods is limited and steps should be taken to increase the uptake.
To find the prevalence of contraception and choice of technique used.
The study was descriptive and cross-sectional in nature, the questionnaire was self administered semi-structured ipsative and was pilot tested on a sample of 10 females of reproductive age group before the final administration. The study was carried out in all four provinces. The sample size 200 females per district and 4 districts were taken from each province. Data analysis was done using SPSS.
The survey covered 3200 women from 16 districts (4 each province). The overall use of contraceptives was found to be maximum in Punjab (36.5%), then Sindh (28.7%), KPK (24.6%) and least in Baluchistan (14.5%). In Punjab and Sindh most common method was tubal ligation (11% and 10% respectively), while in KPK it was condoms and in Baluchistan it was oral pills. The least preferred methods in Punjab were found to be Injectable hormones and IUCD’s (both 3.5%) while in Sindh (1%), KPK (2%) and Baluchistan (1%) it was reported to be IUCD’s.
People should be counselee properly about use of contraceptives. Awareness programs through social media should be may become aware especially in Baluchistan and KPK.
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