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Acceptance of Family Planning Practices Among Reproductive Age Women in a Rural Area of Etawah

Author:Kiran Krishnappa, Amit Kaushik, Pankaj Kumar Jain, Sandip Kumar, Nandini Gupta, Mahima

Keywords:Family Planning, Reproductive, Ru-ral, Contraception

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Introduction: Despite considering family planning as a priority in population policy, our country is still long way to achieve a stable population, especially in rural area. This study was schemed to evaluate the awareness and the prevalence of contraceptive use in a rural area of Etawah. Material & Methods: A house to house survey was conducted in 5 villages in Saifai block of Etawah. A sample of 810 married woman of reproductive age group were inter-viewed to obtain information on so-ciodemographic profile and family planning. Results: The average age of study respondents was 29.19 ± 6.7 years. Majority (44.7%) of respondents be-longed to 26-35years and 40% were illiterate. Only 76.6% of the re-spondents were aware of at least one method of family planning. Nearly 50% were aware of Female sterilization, Condoms and IUCD. Univariate analysis revealed age, education, caste and partner’s edu-cation were significant factor affect-ing awareness of family planning. Contraceptive usage was associated with age, family size and decision making ability. Multivariate aware-ness revealed that education signifi-cantly affected awareness and part-ner’s education was significantly associated with contraceptive us-age. Conclusion: Study showed that there is a significant gap between awareness and use of contraception. Age, education, family size and partner’s education were significant factors affecting acceptance of fami-ly planning in this rural setup."