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Year : 1987  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-9

An evaluation of contraceptive knowledge and practice in an urban community in Benin City in Nigeria.

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F A Ukoli

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Cultural and religious objections to family planning among Nigeria's Catholics and Moslems have comprised a serious obstacle to sex education efforts. This study compared contraceptive knowledge and practices among 2 random samples in Benin City: students at an urban female teachers training college and mothers of children brought to an urban health center. All of the 260 women surveyed at the health center were married; among the 175 teachers in training, 104 (59%) were married, 68 (39%) were single, and 3 (1%) were divorced. The contraceptive prevalence rate was 20% among mothers attending the child health center compared with 53% among student teachers (72% among married teachers and 38% among single teachers). Among future teachers, contraceptive awareness was higher among single women (49%) than married women (39%). The predominant forms of contraception used by teacher trainees were the pill (22%), condom (18%), rhythm (13%), the IUD (115), Depo-Provera injections (115), and abstinence (8%). The major sources of contraceptive awareness reported by these women were boyfriend (18%), sister (16%), nurse (14%), friend (13%), and television (13%). 29% of the teachers in training indicated they themselves had made the decision to use contraception, while 43% cited the influence of husband or boyfriend and 19% were motivated by medical personnel.

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