Factors influencing use of traditional methods among women in Uganda

Michael Mugish Buteera

The use of traditional methods contraception has historically been part and parcel of the societal system of regulating childbearing in most African societies. This study sought to investigate demographic and socioeconomic factors that account for the continued use of traditional methods of contraception in Uganda by utilizing the 2006 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey dataset. Bivariate and multivariate level analysis was greatly performed identify the most influential determinants for use of traditional methods. The study found educational level (p=0.010), wealth status (p=0.005) and region (p=0.000)to be significant associated with use of traditional methods at bivariate level. However, region and particularly women from the western region revealed a high relative risk of choosing withdrawal method over periodic abstinence compared to women from northern region (RRR=0.063; p=0.000). A woman’s education level, occupation and marital status were also found to significantly predict use of both periodic abstinence and withdrawal methods.

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Presented in Poster Session 3