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The effect of family planning education given during postpartum period on the use of contraceptive methods

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Author(s): Melis NAÇAR | Ahmet ÖZTÜRK | Yusuf ÖZTÜRK

Journal: Erciyes Medical Journal
ISSN 1300-199X

Volume: 25;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 122;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Counseling | Education | Family Planning | Postpartum Period

ABSTRACT
Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of education given to women in postpartum period on the use of family planning methods.Material and Methods: This study was carried out between December 1999 and June 2000 in the State Maternity Hospital of Kayseri. A total of 300 postpartum women were randomly assigned to control (150 women) and intervention (150 women) groups. After a preliminary questionnaire was applied to women in both groups, an individual education about postpartum family planning was given to women in the intervention group and a brochure was distributed. Six months later, a final questionnaire about their use of methods was applied to women being 137 in the intervention group and 123 in the control group.Results: After the education, the rate of using any contraceptive methods rose from 62.0 % to 88.3 % in the intervention group and from 61.0 % to 71.6 % in the control group. While the rate of using modern contraceptive methods was 32.8 % in the intervention group and 36.6 % in the control group before education, this rate increased respectively to 21.9 % and 4.0 % after the education.Conclusion: We concluded that giving family planning education for women in early postpartum period increased the rate of using family planning methods.
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