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Contraceptive use Amongst Patients with Induced Abortion  at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.

 

 

C.E. Enyindah*1 and S. Nyeche2

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt,

Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital,

Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

 

Abstract:  Unintended pregnancy and induced abortions pose major challenges to the reproductive health of young adults especially in Sub-saharan Africa. The importance of contraceptives in preventing unwanted pregnancies and its sequelae cannot be over emphasized. Our aim was to determine the contraceptive prevalence, type of contraceptive used and the reason for non-use among patients with complications of induced abortion at the university of Port Harcourt teaching hospital (UPTH). A cross sectional descriptive study involving a questionnaire interview of all patients who presented with complications of induced abortions at the gynaecology department of UPTH over a five year period (1st January 2002 to 31st December 2006). Data collected was analysed using SPSS version 11 and Microsoft Excel. Among 330 patients, the contraceptive prevalence was 7.3%. The most commonly used contraceptive was condom (41.7%). About 41% of the subjects were informed of contraception via the media while the commonest reason for non use was the fear of complications. Contraceptive use among patients with complications of induced abortion in our centre is low. Thus contraceptive service which is safer, effective and a better alternative to induced unsafe abortion should be encouraged.

 

Keywords: Contraceptive use, induced abortions, university of Port Harcourt teaching hospital.

 

 

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