Correlates of mistime pregnancy and unmet need for family planning among women of reproductive age in Sandema, Ghana
Universally, an estimated 80 million unintended pregnancies comprising both mistimed and unwanted pregnancies are recorded yearly, but only half of women at risk of a mistimed pregnancy use contraceptives. In developing countries, over 100 million females have unmet need and national surveys in Ghana indicate a 29% unmet need rate. Methods: A cross-sectional community based study was used, involving the use of multi-step cluster sampling methods in selecting 300 women of reproductive age. The
... oductive age. The study was quantitative in nature, using structured interviewer administered questionnaires. Results: More than half (66%) of the women in reproductive age still had unmet need, 71% were currently pregnant and 36% con rmed ever having a mistimed pregnancy. Overall, 53% of the women con rmed never communicating on family planning issues with their partners, a little below half (45%) of the respondents took their own health care decisions and 79% ever received family planning services from a health professional. Factors related to unmet need included mistimed pregnancy, level of education, preferred birth/pregnancy interval, communication between partners and the autonomy to spend selfearnings. Conclusion: Considering that high rates of unmet need results in mistimed pregnancy, improved policies around the in uence of unmet need on mistimed pregnancies are needed.