Knowledge, Perceptions and Ever Use of Modern Contraception among Women in the Ga East District, Ghana

  • R Aryeetey
  • AM Kotoh
  • MJ Hindin
Keywords: Ghana, family planning, knowledge, perception, women


A survey of 332 women, ages 15-49 years, was carried out in the Ga East district of Ghana to identify community knowledge, perceptions, and factors associated with ever using modern family planning (FP). Knowledge of modern FP was almost universal (97 percent) although knowledge of more than three methods was 56 percent. About 60 percent of all, and 65 percent of married respondents reported ever use of a modern method. Among ever users, 82 percent thought contraceptives were effective for birth control. However, one-third did not consider modern FP safe. About 20 percent indicated their male partner as a barrier, and 65 percent of users reported at least one side effect. In a multivariate model that controlled for age, education, religion, and occupation, being married remained significantly
associated (OR=2.14; p=0.01) with ever use of a modern contraceptive method. Interventions are needed to address service- and knowledge-related barriers to use (Afr J Reprod Health 2010; 14[4]: 27-32).

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