Use of Modern Birth Control Methods Among Rural Communities in Imo State, Nigeria

  • I Nwachukwu
  • OO Obasi
Keywords: Birth control. Rural communities. Utilization. Methods


This paper studied the extent of utilization of Modern Birth Control Methods (MBCM) among rural dwellers in Imo State Nigeria. Three hundred and sixty households were randomly selected and data were obtained from them with the use of questionnaires and Focus Group Discussion. The results showed that only 30% of the respondents used MBCM while 57% of them used the traditional birth control methods. The most popular modern method was the condom (24.2%). This was followed by the IUD, used by only 2.5% of the respondents. Some of the identified factors that hindered the use of MBCM included perceived negative health reaction, fear of the unknown effects, cost, spouse\'s disapproval, religious belief and inadequate information. For a better understanding and utilization of MBCM, it is recommended that adequate educational campaign should be mounted in the rural areas on the advantages of MBCM. This campaign should target the men the more because they make the major decisions on MBCM use..

Keywords:Birth control. Rural communities. Utilization. Methods

African Journal of Reproductive Health Vol. 12 (1) 2008: pp. 100-108

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