Knowledge, attitude and utilization of sub-dermal birth control implants among married rural women of Pakistan

Mehwish Mubarik, Nazia Jameel, Rehana Khalil


Background: Pakistan has very high growth rate and only uptake of optimal birth spacing is a way to win this battle. One of modern contraceptive methods is long term hormonal birth control implant. The study was intended to explore the knowledge, attitude and practices of Sub-dermal Birth Control implants among married women in a rural area of Pakistan.

Methods: This descriptive cross sectional study was conducted at reproductive health services center at Panoaqil, Sindh, Pakistan. A sample of 120 married women of age 18-45 years, who attended RHS center were included in the study. Data was collected through a standardized questionnaire and analyzed using IBM SPSS version 22 and Microsoft excel.

Results: The mean age of sample was 29.48±5.05 years, almost half (44.2%) were illiterate, and 39% were educated up to primary. Three forth (73%) were housewives and 91.7% were poor. Majority (80%) had heard about one method but only one forth (26%) have used one while Implant was used by only 21.9% women. About two third (68%) didn’t know about Implant while 14.2% had good knowledge about Implant. Overall attitude was positive as 85% continued the method but 14.29% quitted due to side effects. Among never users; half (46%) would go for Implant if they would be provided with the insertion services.

Conclusions: The current study concludes that knowledge about sub-dermal Implant among women of reproductive age reaching the optimum level. The attitude of women was found positive. The factors which affect the knowledge and the attitude of women are age, parity, family type, level of education, employments status, SE status, previous use of family planning nad source of information.


Sub-dermal, Birth control, Implants, Married rural women

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