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|Title: ||ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, AND PRACTICE TOWARDS EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVES AMONG FEMALE COLLEGE STUDENTS AT MEKELLE TOWN, TIGRAY REGION, ETHIOPIA, 2011.|
|Authors: ||Haftom, G/hiwot|
|Advisors: ||Mr. Berhane Gebrekidan|
|Copyright: ||Jun-2011 |
|Date Added: ||3-May-2012 |
|Abstract: ||Background: Death related to unintended pregnancy associated events is a series public
health concern in Ethiopia. This is very common in young adolescents for whom life is full
of adventure and temptation with very little knowledge about the consequences of their
reckless activities. Emergency contraceptives are the only method that can be used within
short time after sexual intercourse, offering a second chance to prevent unwanted
pregnancy. Emergency contraceptive will have contribution in decreasing maternal
mortality and morbidity due to unwanted Pregnancy & its sequel.
Objectives: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of emergency contraceptives
among female college students at Mekelle town, Ethiopia.
Methods: An institutional based cross-sectional survey was conducted among 616 female
college students at Mekelle town from January to May, 2011. Multistage sampling
technique with Probabilities proportional to size was used. Data were analyzed by SPSS
window version 16.0 soft ware package and presented using frequencies, percentages,
crude odds Ratio, 95% Confidence Intervals and multiple logistic-regressions to adjust for
possible confounding variables.
Results: Of the total respondents, 393(67.3%) of them replied that they have heard about
emergency contraceptives. Among those who have ever heard of emergency
contraceptives, 224 (57%) mentioned pills only, 9 (2.3%) mentioned intrauterine
contraceptive devices (IUCDs) only and 154(39.2%) mentioned both pill & IUCDs.
263(45%) of the respondents were knowledgeable towards ECs, and about 271(46.4%) of
the students had positive attitude towards emergency contraceptives.
Of the sexually active respondents 70(24.2%) only reported that they had used emergency
contraceptive methods previously. Whereas, 219(75.8%) were not used emergency
contraceptives; some of the reasons were lack of knowledge about ECs (42.9%); no desire
to use (22.8%) and inaccessibility toward emergency contraceptives (16.4%).
Conclusion: The study indicated low level of knowledge; very low practice and majority
showed negative attitude towards emergency contraceptives.|
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