Fertility preferences and contraceptive behaviours among married women in a suburban part of Bursa, Turkey


Research Journal of Medical Sciences, vol.4, no.2, pp.64-67, 2010 (Scopus) identifier


The aim of this study was to evaluate the fertility and contraceptive preferences of married women, who were living in a suburban area of a metropolitan city. Two hundred seventy four randomly chosen women attending the primary health care unit in this suburban area were included into this cross-sectional descriptive study. Printed questionnaires were applied during face-to-face interviews. Analyses were made by using SPSS 11.5 for windows and chi square, binary logistic regression analysis and Mann-Whitney U tests were used for statistical significance. All of the participants reported that they were aware of family planning and they have knowledge about the different methods. Seventy percent of the women were using any family planning method whereas 30.0% were not using. The most preferred method was coitus interruptus. The desired number of children was found as two. The results were similar to those of the previous studies and it can be concluded that the study group was in a transition period from rural to urban in terms of fertility and family planning preferences. © Medwell Journals, 2010.