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Sikandar R.,University of Sindh | Khwaja R.,King Saud Hospital SA | Shaikh F.,University of Sindh | Jatoi N.,University of Sindh
Medical Channel | Year: 2012

Objectives: To determine fertility preferences with reasons among Pakistani women of reproductive age. Methods: A questionnaire based survey was conducted among 200 married women coming to OBGYN department of Liaquat university hospital Hyderabad, Sindh during the period of September to December 2009. The administered questionnaire served to find the demographic characteristics of women, desired family size and reason for this preference. Ethical consideration and confidentiality was ensured. The data entry, processing and analysis were done using SPSS soft ware No.15 Sample Size: 200 women of reproductive age Results: The mean age of the sample was 29.65±4.92 years. No formal education was attained by 87(43.5%) women and, monthly income less than 10000 was seen in 153(76.5%) with 141 (70.5%) women living in joint family units. One hundred and fourteen (57%) women belonged urban areas of Hyderabad.(Table I) When questioned about desired family size 79(39.5%) responded they want 4 children and only36 (18%) wanted 2. On asking reason for particular size of the family 84(42%) women answered they just like it that way with out any reason.Table II Conclusion: Nearly 60% (39.5% want4 children and 21.5%more than 4) of women prefer 4 children in their homes. And 42% of these do so because they like it with out any objective reason. Children born and socialized in these families will perceive it normal family and less likely to turn to contraception willingly. Source


Sikandar R.,Health Science University | Khwaja R.A.,King Saud Hospital SA | Shaikh N.,LUMHS | Qazi R.A.,LUMHS
Journal of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences | Year: 2011

OBJECTIVES: To asses knowledge and need for of emergency contraception among the women coming to Liaquat university hospital. METHODS: A questionnaire based survey was conducted among 200 married women presenting at department of obstetrics & gynecology, Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad, Sindh during the period of September to December 2009. The administered questionnaire served to find the status of knowledge and need for emergency contraceptives among these women. Ethical consideration and confidentiality was ensured. The data entry, processing and analysis were done using SPSS version 11. RESULTS: Out of 200 women 172 (84.3%) were aware of contraception but only 47 (23%) had knowledge about emergency contraception. Eighty-seven (42%) women were without any formal education. Lady health workers and doctors were source of contraceptive knowledge in 104 (52%) cases. Unplanned pregnancy was observed in 134 (65.7%) women but unwanted was only in 39 (19.1%) women. Drugs were used to get rid of pregnancy by 12 (5.9%), and 13 (6.4%) went for termination of pregnancy. CONCLUSION: Contraceptive knowledge among 84% women is partial; as knowledge regarding emergency contraception is seen in only 23% and this indicate lack on part of knowledge provider. Lady health worker have been the main source of contraceptive knowledge among the community according to our findings. A prevalence of 67% of unplanned pregnancies is liable to increase acceptance of emergency contraception. The unmet need for emergency contraception is demonstrated by 13% who tried termination. Quality training of community health care workers to ensure complete knowledge will be helpful in increasing use of emergency contraception. Source

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