Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Author : Anwar, Dr. Shoaib

A Study to Assess Unmet Need for Family Planning and Contraceptive choices Among Married Women of Reproductive Age in Rural Areas of Lucknow

Dr. Shoaib Anwar

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2021, Volume 8, Issue 4, Pages 2956-2961

Background: The unmet need of family planning refers to the gap between reproduction intention of a couple and their contraceptive behavior. According to NFHS-4 the unmet need for family planning is 12.9 in India. The objectives of the study were to assess the unmet need for family planning and to find out the contraceptive choices among married women.
Materials and Methods: A descriptive survey was under taken among 280 married women selected using purposive sampling. Data were collected using structured questionnaire.
Results: About 41.1% of the total subjects had the unmet need for family planning in that 32.2% were having unmet need for spacing and 67.8% for limiting. Majority (55.7%) were not using family planning because of fertility related reasons. The study revealed that there was a significant association between unmet need and variables like age and number of living children. There was a significant association between unmet need and fertility related reasons
Conclusions: The study conclude that still there is need to create awareness regarding importance of spacing method as well as limiting methods and to clear the myths regarding contraceptives not only in young couples but also in other family members.