Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal
Volume 25, Number 2
TITLE: Currently Married Urban and Rural Women in Mciktila Township: Qualitative Study on Contraceptive Use
AUTHOR: Yi Yi Win; Aye Moe Moe Lwin, Thinzar Aung; Chan Nyein Maung; Maung Maung Toe; Yi Yi Myint; Htun Naing Oo
SOURCE: Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal. 2013; 25(2): 143-148
ABSTRACT: This study aimed to explore know ledge, altitude and practice of currently married women aged 15 to 49 years on contraceptives use and non-use in Meiktila during February 2011. The reasons for not using were also asked. Four sessions of HGD were conducted in 2 wards and 2 villages with 40 participants for qualitative analysis. From content analysis, majority used contraceptives after first child was horn. They believed that if they use before first pregnancy, they can get infertility. Myanmar women can decide without any agreement from husband as well as in-laws but the method they chose was according to the advice or midwives. They knew that short birth interval can affect children and motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s health. Most of them want to space birth interval for 2-5 years. Decision about having a child and number of children can he made by themselves. Although all methods are available in any drugstore, they did not know which is most suitable. They believed the time to start use after child deliver, should be after menstruating. A few wanted to use IUD but they could not afford and thought that it can cause illness and may have ill effect on uterus. Village women thought daily pills were convenient to use but they suffered fatigue and unable to do heavy work. Most of the participants responded that 3-month injections could cause weight gain and irregular menstruation. They had no knowledge on emergency pills and traditional methods. Knowledge on condom is quite low in both rural and urban residents. Findings of this study will provide some information for reproductive health program planners.
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