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The prevalence of covert use of contraception in Adama Town

Biruk T. Tessema, Addis Ababa Mortality Surveillance Program
Assefa Hailemariam, Addis Ababa University

Objective To measure the prevalence of covert use of contraceptive and to identify its correlates. Methods Currently married women aged 15-49 and a sub-sample of their husbands was the study units. The prevalence of covert use is estimated using direct questions and discordant responses of couples. Results The prevalence of contraceptive use is almost 43%. 8.7% of currently married women use contraceptives without the knowledge of their husband’s. Moreover almost 23% of women practiced with a complete or partial lack of knowledge of their husband. Moreover, of all the modern methods 15.7% of the covert users practice Injectables. Conclusion The findings support the literature that covert contraceptive use is high in settings where contraceptive use is low. The involvement of men in reproductive health issues should be encouraged.

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Presented in Session 96: Influences on women's reproductive lives