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Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
ISSN: 1995-7262
Vol. 22, No. 2, 2010, pp. 38-41
Bioline Code: mm10011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2010, pp. 38-41

 en Contraceptive Knowledge, Beliefs and Attitudes in Rural Malawi: Misinformation, Misbeliefs and Misperceptions
Chipeta, Effie K.; Chimwaza, Wanangwa & Kalilani-Phiri, Linda


Introduction The objective of the study was to find out factors that affect the intentions of men and women to use family planning methods.
Methods The study was conducted in Mangochi district, the southern region of Malawi in 2006. About 60 Focus group discussions were conducted to identify the attitudes and beliefs of 30 male and 30 female participants regarding family planning methods. The data was then transcribed and analyzed manually identifying central themes and relationships across the cases and narratives.
Results Most of the respondents knew the different types of family planning methods and reported that health facilities had adequate stock of family planning supplies. However, it was found that most of the women and men were not using any modern family planning methods. Reasons included: family planning methods were perceived side effects, such as prolonged menstruation, men’s concerns about impotence and genital sores, weight gain or loss, and subsequent infertility. Traditional family planning methods were mostly used for infertility problems.
Conclusion Despite knowing about the different types of family planning methods, and awareness of their ready availability in health facilities, use of these methods is low because considerable misinformation still prevails regarding contraceptive methods’ side effects.

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