Use and effects of contraceptives among female secondary school students in Abraka Community, Delta State, Nigeria

  • E.K. Umukoro
  • K.E. Edje
  • E Agbonifo-Chijiokwu
  • E.G. Moke
  • E Egbenede
  • I.L. Emma-Ugulu
Keywords: Contraceptive, female students, secondary school, Abraka

Abstract

This study assessed the use and effects of contraceptives among female secondary school students in Abraka. A total of 250 female students were involved in this study. Primary data were obtained using a well-structured questionnaire. Data gotten were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The mean age of the respondents in this study was 15.09, majority of the respondents 212 (84.8%) considered themselves sexually active, while 198 (79.2%) of the respondents admitted to have had sexual intercourse. A high number of the respondents 201 (80.4%) had knowledge of contraceptives and a greater percentage (62%) got this knowledge from class-mates and friends and only 2.4% got it from course education and family combined. A total of 147 (58.8%) of the respondents were currently on contraceptive with most 81 (32.4%) admitting weekly use. One hundred and thirty-seven (137) (54.8%) of the respondents admitted to have experienced adverse effect in the course of using contraceptives with issues relating to menstruation being the most prevalent effect (26.4%). It is recommended that efforts should be intensified in creating awareness to promote safe sexual practice, especially abstinence amongst this age group.

Keywords: Contraceptive, female students, secondary school, Abraka

Published
2020-02-14
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Articles

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