National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2020 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 2 | Page No: 80-86

A Study on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Regarding Family Planning Methods among Women Residing in Peri-Urban Area of Bangalore City

Author: Jagadish S Devaru1, Bushra Jabeen2, Puttaswmy M3


1Associate Professor, Department of community medicine, Dr B R Ambedkar Medical college & hospital, Bangalore

2Senior Resident, Department of community medicine, Karnataka institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi

3Assistant Professor in biostatistics, Department of community medicine, Dr B R Ambedkar medical college and hospital, Bangalore.


Introduction: India is currently facing problems with pre-fix of ‘P’. They are “population explosion”, poverty, and pollution. Population explosion is directly perpetuating the other two problems. Family planning is the only safest and cost effective strategies to have impact on health of women. In many studies it was found that though people were aware of contraceptives but its usage was limited. To know the various factors influencing usage of family planning methods this study was conducted. The study was conducted to assess knowledge, attitude and practice of various family planning methods. Methodology: Cross–sectional study conducted by face to face in-terview of selected women using a questionnaire. Results: Total of 80% of women were aware that family planning is about limitation of births but, 208 (64.8%) women had ever used contraceptive. And 22 (10.58%) of them have faced minor compli-cations, which has either self-resolved or on medication. The most common reason for not using contraceptive was being uncomfort-able (81.42%) to use them. Conclusions: Women had good knowledge regarding contracep-tives, but most of the women followed methods suggested by their elders. Advertisement regarding newer methods has to be strengthened.

Keywords: Contraceptive Methods, Rural, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice.

DOI: 10.5455/njcm.20190807124747