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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 17, No. 2, 2017, pp. 409-417
Bioline Code: hs17051
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2017, pp. 409-417

 en Uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptive devices in Western region of The Gambia.
Anyanwu, Matthew & Alida, Bom Wekye Ndam


Background: The contraceptive method has become an essential factor in the life of most women of reproductive age group; although it varies in different stages of their life course. The use of long acting reversible methods (LARC) is proposed as a strategy to reverse undesirable maternal health consequences in developing countries.
Objective: To determine the uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptive in The Gambia.
Methods: A community based cross-sectional study of women attending family planning clinic were studied using interviewer- administered questionnaire which included information on socio-demographic factors, reproductive health and contraceptive use of the participants.
Results: About 89 % of study participants used long acting reversible contraceptive methods. Of the three commonly available long acting reversible contraceptive methods, Depo Provera was the most commonly used method; 78 of 141 (55.32%); followed by implants (43.3%) and intrauterine contraceptive (1.42%). Being housewives, with 3-4 living children and having secondary level education were associated with high uptake of LARC.
Conclusion: The uptake of long acting reversible contraceptive was high; with Depo Provera as the most commonly used contraceptive method in The Gambia. There seemed to be an increase in the uptake of implants; with intrauterine contraceptive device being the least commonly used method.

Uptake; LARC; methods

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