ISSN : 0975-9492


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Title : Factors associated with emergency contraceptive use among Female Preparatory Schools Students Adwa Town, Northern Ethiopia. Across sectional study design, 2013.
Authors : Gebremeskel Miruts, Dejen yeman, kidanemariam Abera
Keywords : Emergency contraception, Tigray Ethiopia
Issue Date : October 2014
Abstract :
Background: Emergency contraceptives have become almost available in many developing countries. However, poor user awareness and access have hindered adolescents in learning and using Emergency contraceptive. Wider use of Emergency contraceptive could prevent a substantial proportion of the millions of unplanned pregnancies that occur every year. Hence, this study will relevant to explore the utilization and associated factors of emergency contraception by female students at preparatory schools, Adwa Town, Tigray region, Northern Ethiopia.
Methods: Using School based cross-sectional study and self-administered structured questionnaire data was collected from 335 systematically selected female students of preparatory schools. After coding and cleaning, data was entered and analyzed by SPSS window version 20. Descriptive statistics was used to see the frequency and percentage of each variable. Bivarite analysis was done to see the association between the dependent and independent variables. Finally multivariate logistic regression was used identify predictor variables.
Results: A total of 335 students participate on the study; the majority (90.1%) being in the age group of 17-19, and 314 (93.7%) were single. Of the total 216(64.48%) heard about emergency contraceptives but Only 37(11.04%) have history of emergency contraception use. Out of total 57 (17.02%) students were sexually active, among this 48 (84.21%) had history of unintended pregnancy and 25(52.08%) of pregnancies were terminated by induced abortion. Previous use of regular contraceptives (AOR: 0.033 95% CI (0.004-0.281) was significant predictor not to use of emergency contraception.
Conclusion: Knowledge of emergency contraceptive is crucial in preventing unwanted pregnancy but this study reviled that the knowledge and use of emergency contraceptive is very low. Therefore IEC on emergency contraceptive should be initiated at school level to improve knowledge and use of Adolescents on emergency contraceptive.
Page(s) : 665-669
ISSN : 0975-9492
Source : Vol. 5, No.10