Factors Influencing Modern Contraceptives Use among Postpartum Women in Bukombe District, Geita Region

M. J. Mahande, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College
E. Shayo, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Moshi, Tanzania
C. Amour, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Moshi, Tanzania
G. Mshana, National Institute of Medical Research, MITU- Mwanza, Tanzania
Sia Msuya, Killimanjaro Christian University College, Moshi

Introduction: Modern contraceptive use during the first year postpartum prevents unplanned pregnancies Objective: This study aimed to assess factors influencing modern contraceptives use among postpartum women in Bukombe District, Geita region. Method: A Community-based cross-sectional study was conducted among women who were in their first year after child birth in Bukombe district. A total of 511 women were studied. Results: The prevalence of postpartum modern contraceptive was 11.9%. The most frequently used method was implant (6.5%). Living in urban (AOR=1.85, 95% CI: 1.20-3.79), having business (AOR=2.35, 95% CI: 1.31-2.28), last born aged 3-4 months (AOR=3.31, 95% CI: 1.11-9.85) and menses resumption (AOR=9.24, 95% CI: 3.60-23.72) were predictors for postpartum contraceptive use. Fear of side effects, poor knowledge on contraceptives, husband restrictions, distance to health facility were barriers for postpartum modern contraceptive use. Conclusion: Health education on befits of post-partum modern contraceptive use and counseling women about its side effects may help to improve its uptake.

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  Presented in Session 87. Family Planning in Africa: Who, and Where Are the under-Served?