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Utilization of Modern Contraceptives Among Couples in Ilokun Community in Ado Local Government Area, Ekiti State

GBENGA-EPEBINU, M.A. (RN, RM, RPHN, BNsc); OKAFOR, N.A. (RN, RM, RPHN, PhD); OLOFINBIYI, R.O. (RN, RM, RPHN, BNsc)

The study investigated the utilization of modern contraceptives among couples in Ilokun Community in Ado Local Government Area, Ekiti State. The research design adopted in this study was descriptive design of the survey type. The population consisted of all couples who are residents in Ilokun Community. The sample for this study consisted of 216 respondents selected from residents of Ilokun Community in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The sample was selected using multistage sampling procedure. A research instrument designed by the researcher tagged “Utilisation of Modern Contraceptives Questionnaire (UMCQ)” was used to collect relevant data for the study. The instrument was validated by experts of Tests and Measurement. The data collected through the instrument were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings of the study revealed that most of the couples combine two or more contraceptives as condoms and IUCD were the contraceptives mostly used by couples. It was also revealed that despite the high knowledge of contraceptive methods among the couples, it was not related to its utilization. It was further revealed that the knowledge of contraceptives differs but no difference was found in utilisation based on age-group of the respondent. Conclusively, it was revealed that distance to a health facility has no influence on utilization of modern contraceptive methods. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended among others that different media such as billboards and posters to dispel myths and misconceptions attached to modern contraceptive should be strategically placed in the community.

 

This article has been published at www.easij.com , Issue:3, Vol.#1, March, 2020.
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