Volume : 1
Issue : 1
Online ISSN : 2394-2754
Print ISSN : 2394-2746
Article First Page : 25
Article End Page : 30
Aim: Aim of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, practices and behavior of women regarding various contraceptive methods.
Material & Methods: It was a cross sectional study of 623 married women attending gynecology OPD of Gian Sagar Medical College & Hospital, Banur, Chandigarh (India). All participants were interviewed with a predesigned performa.
Results: Almost 90% of women were from rural area and upto two-thirds were illiterate, belonging to low socio-economic status. Awareness level about contraceptive methods was 55% among the participants and almost all of them knew about barrier & oral pills. Main source of knowledge was media followed by healthcare workers & social circle. Approximately 40% were currently using one or the other method of contraception. Barrier method was the most commonly used (64%) followed by oral pills (25%). Main reason for not using contraception was unawareness.
Conclusion: There is need to create awareness about the benefits of contraception. This can be achieved by strong motivation and counseling of couples.
Key-words: Contraception, Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior.