Descriptive Study of Family Planning Methods and Factors Influencing Their Usage Among Women Attending Tikrit Teaching Hospital


Fertility control had been used for thousands of years in different forms. Adequate child-spacing is considered a positive factor on the health of mothers and their children. The current work is a cross-sectional study done in Tikrit Teaching Hospital, Obstetrics unit included 270 married women in the period between 1st of February 2010 to the 30th of April 2010. The aim of this work was to study the family planning methods and factors influencing using it by women attending Tikrit Teaching Hospital. The study found that the prevalence of using contraception was (74.1%), the IUCD type was the most common type used by the participants. The most common reason of choosing a specific method of contraception was the advice of doctor (35%). With increasing age there is increasing use of contraception. There was a high percentage of using contraception in high parity mother . The educated women use contraception more than non-educated women, in regard to residency, urban women use contraception more than rural women. In conclusion, there are sociodemographic factors affect using contraception. It is recommended to improve health education concerning contraception among married women