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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 650-656

Evaluation of family planning services in a rural area in Al-Shohdaa district, Menoufiya governorate


Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Ragaa E Elshishiny
Kafer Elsawalmia Elshohdaa, 32841 Menofia
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1110-2098.167854

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Objectives The aim of our study was to examine improvement in women's health through assessment of knowledge, attitudes, and practices of family planning in our locality, which may help identify health problems associated with contraceptive methods to face them properly. Background The rewards of family medicine come from knowing patients well over time and developing a mutual trust, respect, and friendship, and from the variety of problems encountered in practice that keep the family physician professionally stimulated and challenged. The postpartum period is a convenient time to address family planning; women are particularly motivated to prevent conception just after birth, and so the family physician is in a good position to provide the necessary counseling in terms of contraception for the new mother. Patients and methods This study included 200 women who were selected randomly from Kafer El-Sawlmia village, a rural area in Egypt. An interview in the Arabic language was completed through a precoded questionnaire by each one of the women, ranged in age from 18 to 49 years. Results Sociodemographic factors played a minor role in the usage of contraceptive methods; women's level of education and socioeconomic status were not significant determinants of the likelihood of contraceptive use. Contraceptive methods were not used in this study by 7.5% of women. Most of the women in the study were not aware of physiological, surgical, and emergency contraceptive methods; hormonal methods were the most common contraceptive method used in the area of the study. Conclusion Improvement in the use of contraceptives methods and women health can be achieved by conducting awareness-raising seminars for husbands, mass media contraceptive methods awareness, proper counseling both before and at during the method selection and regular contact between the family doctor and the client.


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