Factors influencing contraceptive use and unplanned pregnancy in a South African population

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dc.contributor.author Bafana, Thembelihle Nonsikelelo Sinqobile
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-30T12:09:40Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-30T12:09:40Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/9284
dc.description MSc (Med), Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: The knowledge of contraceptive use is high among men and women in South Africa. However, contraceptive prevalence rate is moderate and unplanned pregnancies are common. Understanding the determinants of contraceptive use and unplanned pregnancy will inform future interventions that aim to maintain consistent contraceptive use and reduce unplanned pregnancies. Aim: The study aims to describe factors associated with contraceptive use and unplanned pregnancy in the South African population. Methods: A secondary data analysis was carried out on data collected in a cross–sectional survey conducted in Potchefstroom, South Africa between August 2007 and March 2008.Results: Contraceptive prevalence was 69.5% and unplanned pregnancy was 59.7%. The risk factors for contraceptive use included woman’s employment status at the last pregnancy, woman’s partner employment status at the last pregnancy and number of miscarriages a woman had experienced. The risk factors for unplanned pregnancy included race, woman’s age , education level and employment status at last pregnancy, number of miscarriages, contraceptive use and partner’s employment status at last pregnancy. Conclusion: If the prevalence of unplanned pregnancies is to be reduced, policies and programmes need to address economic factors which were associated with both contraceptive use and unplanned pregnancy. Further study needs to be carried out as to the reasons behind why a woman with a previous history of a miscarriage is less likely to have an unplanned pregnancy yet she is less likely to be on contraception. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject contraceptives en_US
dc.subject usage en_US
dc.subject unplanned pregnancy en_US
dc.title Factors influencing contraceptive use and unplanned pregnancy in a South African population en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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