Awareness, Prevalence, and Determinants of Birth Control Methods Use among Women in Saudi Arabia
Keywords:Awareness, birth control methods, prevalence, Al- Qassim region.
Objectives: The aim of this study was to characterize Saudi womenâ€™s current contraceptive choices and adherence to contraceptive regimens and to determine the knowledge, attitude and practice of contraception and the associated socio-demographic factors among a representative sample of Saudi married women in Al Qassim region, KSA.
Methodology: Cross-sectional survey of women in Saudi Arabia aged 18-49 years (n= 300) was conducted. Questions include knowledge and attitude towards contraception, history of pregnancy, cause for use and reasons for avoiding contraception.
Results: Of the 287 survey participants, 40 (13.9%) women were not used contraception. Among the 247 women who used contraception, the most frequently used current methods were oral contraceptive (49.1%) condom (17.1%) and intrauterine device (16%). There was a significant increase in contraceptive used among working women, 30 years and older, with high level of education, and those having a large number of children.
Conclusion: there is deficient in the awareness of contraceptive methods in Al- Qassim region, Saudi Arabia as well as the knowledge, attitude, and practice of family planning.
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