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Prevalence, Correlates, and Barriers of Contraceptive Use among Women Attending Primary Health Centers in Aljouf Region, Saudi Arabia

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Family and Community Medicine Department, College of Medicine, Jouf University, Aljouf 42421, Saudi Arabia
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Public Health and Community Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut 71526, Egypt
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Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, College of Medicine, Jouf University, Aljouf 42421, Saudi Arabia
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Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, College of Medicine, Mansoura University, Dakahlia Governorate 35516, Egypt
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College of Medicine, Jouf University, Aljouf 42421, Saudi Arabia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3552; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103552
Received: 17 April 2020 / Revised: 13 May 2020 / Accepted: 16 May 2020 / Published: 19 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family Planning and Reproductive Health)
(1) Backgrounds and Objectives: with the rapid alteration in the socio-demographic pattern of the Saudi community, particularly the changes concerned with women’s education and work force, contraceptive use must be a fundamental aspect in the life of women in reproductive age. The present study aimed to identify the prevalence and correlates of contraceptive use among women attending primary health centers in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia, and to determine the perceived barriers of stopping or not using contraceptive methods in this population. (2) Methods: a primary health center-based cross-sectional study was conducted among 369 women of reproductive age. Data collection was done by using structured questionnaires distributed during face to face interviews with the participants. Data were analyzed using the SPSS program, version 24. (3) Results: most of the participants (n = 166; 45%) were current contraceptive users and 32.2% (n = 119) reported previous use of contraceptive methods. Pills were the most frequently used method (n = 203; 71.2%) and intrauterine devices (IUDs) came next (n = 67; 23.5%) while surgery was the least common method among the respondents (n = 3; 1.1%). Logistic regression analysis showed that the significant predictors of contraceptive use were: age > 35 years (odds ratio (OR): 4.52; confidence interval (CI): 1.56–15.42), Children number ≥ 4 (odds ratio (OR): 1.41; confidence interval (CI): 1.06–1.92) and monthly income ≥ 5000 Saudi Riyal (RS) (odds ratio (OR): 2.29; confidence interval (CI): 1.24–8.27). The most perceived barriers towards contraceptive utilization were cultural, demographic, medical, administrative, and barriers related to the method itself. The least reported barriers were psychosocial and physical. (4) Conclusions: the present study showed a high prevalence of contraceptive use among Saudi women in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia. The study recommended sustained efforts to increase population awareness of the importance of family planning. Policymakers should discover the barriers that prevent contraceptive utilization by women. View Full-Text
Keywords: contraceptive use; prevalence; correlates; barriers; Saudi women contraceptive use; prevalence; correlates; barriers; Saudi women
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Abdel-Salam, D.M.; Albahlol, I.A.; Almusayyab, R.B.; Alruwaili, N.F.; Aljared, M.Y.; Alruwaili, M.S.; Alnasser, R.M. Prevalence, Correlates, and Barriers of Contraceptive Use among Women Attending Primary Health Centers in Aljouf Region, Saudi Arabia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3552.

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