Assessing the utilization of contraceptives among men that are sexually active in Ojuelegba Motor Park, Lagos state, Nigeria
This study assessed
the knowledge and utilization of contraceptives as well as possible factors impeding
its utilization among sexually active men in Ojuelegba Lagos, Nigeria. More
than half of the men (63.1 % )had a good knowledge of contraceptives. Overall
attitude showed that only few (41.5% ) had positive attitude towards the use of
contraceptives, while 58.5% had negative attitude. The overall practice of
contraception was 26.7%. Barriers to contraceptive utilization include; cost of
buying contraceptives (21.7% ), it causes pregnancy delay (11.5% ), not easy to
use. (12.9% ), conflicts with religious belief (21.2% ), family misconception
(10.6% ), search for a male child (5.1 % ), wanted more babies (24.4% ), weight
gain (5.5% ), permanent damage in the womb(1.8% ), don’t just like the idea
(2.3% )and being unaware of contraceptives (0.5% ).
contraceptive methods used by the respondents include; hormonal methods (pills,
implant, inject able)(11.5% ), non-hormonal methods (24% ), sterilization
method (8.3% ), traditional methods(22.1 % ), condoms (30.4% ), while the
remaining 13.4% mistook abortion as a family planning method.
This study showed
some associated variables that influenced knowledge and practices of contraception
while utilization rate was found to be very poor. A fairly good knowledge was
seen, respondents’ attitude was below average, while the practices of
contraception was very poor. Political will and support should be made
available to ensure mass enlightenment and adequate availability of various
contraceptive methods in order to encourage attitudinal change towards family
planning and contraceptive utilization.
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