Correlates of mistime pregnancy and unmet need for family planning among women of reproductive age in Sandema, Ghana [post]

2019 unpublished
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
more » ... 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.
doi:10.21203/rs.2.19493/v1 fatcat:yzn74qefhratlo6xjihrdusmc4