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Modern Contraceptive Use among Women in the Asuogyaman District of Ghana: Is Reliability more Important than Health Concerns?

JK Teye


This study examines the socio-demographic determinants of modern contraceptive use among women in the Asuogyaman district of Ghana. The results reveal that although 97% of the survey respondents knew of at  least one modern method of contraception, only 16% of them were using modern contraceptives. Statistical tests show that level of education, place  of residence, and work status significantly influence modern contraceptive use among women in the study area. Fear of side effects, desire for more children, and partner’s disapproval were the main barriers to modern  contraceptive use in the study area. The use of traditional methods of contraception was very high because of the perception that they are safer.  Based on these findings, it has been suggested that in addition to making family planning services available and accessible, health workers must  address attitudinal factors such as fear of side effects and high fertility preferences. (Afr J Reprod Health 2013; 17[2]: 58-71).

Keywords: Level of education, work status, place of residence, women, contraception, Ghana