Correlates of Contraceptive use among Ghanaian women of Reproductive Age (15-49 Years)

  • Edward Nketiah-Amponsah
  • Eric Arthur
  • Aaron Abuosi


Though fertility in Ghana has declined from an average of 8 children per woman over the past three decades to 4 per woman in recent times, the current rate of population growth is still unmatched by the requisite economic growth. Recent evidence suggests that the use of contraceptives have increased marginally despite the considerable decline in fertility rate. This paper revisits the determinants of contraceptive use among Ghanaian women, aged 15-49 using the 2008 GDHS. Empirically, the logistic and multinomial logistic regressions are used. Our results indicate that wealth status, level of education, ownership of health insurance, number of surviving children, marital status, location and geographical area of residence, religion and women autonomy are significant correlates of contraceptive use in Ghana. The finding reveals that, women who take health decisions jointly with their partners are more likely to use modern contraceptives as compared to women who take health decisions alone.

(Afr J Reprod Health 2012; 16[3]: 154-169).

Author Biographies

Edward Nketiah-Amponsah
Department of Economics, University of Ghana
Eric Arthur
Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Benin, Benin City
Aaron Abuosi
Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, University of Ghana Business School

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