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Med. Sci. 2017, 5(4), 31; doi:10.3390/medsci5040031

Sociodemographic Factors on Contraceptive Use among Ever-Married Women of Reproductive Age: Evidence from Three Demographic and Health Surveys in Bangladesh

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Department of Statistics, Jagannath University, Dhaka 1100, Bangladesh
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Statistics Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna 9208, Bangladesh
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Received: 16 October 2017 / Revised: 30 November 2017 / Accepted: 1 December 2017 / Published: 6 December 2017
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Abstract

Contraceptive use among married women of reproductive age has showed a substantial progress over the last few decades in Bangladesh. This study explores the sociodemographic factors associated with contraceptive use among ever-married women of reproductive age in Bangladesh by utilizing the information extracted from three of the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Surveys (BDHSs) in 1993–1994, 2004 and 2014. Bivariate analysis was conducted by performing chi-squared test of independence to explore the relationship between selected sociodemographic factors and dependent variables. To know the adjusted effects of covariates, a popular binary logistic regression model was considered. Respondents’ current age, place residence, division religion, education, age at first marriage, family planning (FP) media exposure, ideal number of children and fertility preferences are the significant determinants according to the most recent survey, BDHS 2014. However, wealth index and a respondent’s current working status were found to be significant factors only in BDHS 2004. The results of the study strongly recommend efforts to increase the education level among poor people, particularly among women in Bangladesh. Program interventions, including health behavior education and family planning services and counselling, are especially needed for some categories of the population, including those living in rural areas, Sylhet, Chittagong and Dhaka divisions, as well as illiterate and Muslim ever-married women. View Full-Text
Keywords: family planning; contraceptive use; Demographic and Health Survey; ever-married women; sociodemographic factors; logistic regression family planning; contraceptive use; Demographic and Health Survey; ever-married women; sociodemographic factors; logistic regression
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Haq, I.; Sakib, S.; Talukder, A. Sociodemographic Factors on Contraceptive Use among Ever-Married Women of Reproductive Age: Evidence from Three Demographic and Health Surveys in Bangladesh. Med. Sci. 2017, 5, 31.

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