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Standard Days Method in Expanding Family Planning Method Choice. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, December 2009, Pages: 64
The unmet need for family planning service in Ethiopia is believed to be high (34%).Besides this, despite the high knowledge of family planning methods, the contraceptive prevalence rate is low (15%).Therefore, expanding family planning method choices like availing standard days method is important in reducing unmet need for family planning and improving contraceptive prevalence rate.This book, therefore,indicates 79.9% of study subjects had practiced some form of contraception in the past. Further more, 70.1% and 53.8% of SDM acceptors mentioned no health/side effects and fear of side effects of other hormonal contraceptives as a reason for choosing SDM respectively.Nearly sixty four percent of current SDM users relied on periodic abstinence (64.2%) followed by condom use (32.4%) during fertile days. Moreover, nearly three fourth of current SDM users responded that their male partners were involved in the method. Most of the providers (CBRHAs) were interested in continuing to offer SDM as family planning option. This work indicated the need for expansion of provision of SDM in the study areas to increase availability and accessibility of the service.
Biruhtesfa Bekele,Bsc,MPH:Studied public health at Addis Ababa University,School of public health.HMIS senior master mentor in Tulane University,Ethiopia.