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Table 4 Percentage of women with specific opinions, amongst those who have heard of methods (Nairobi)

From: Women’s attitudes and beliefs towards specific contraceptive methods in Bangladesh and Kenya

Attributes Pills Injectables Implants IUD Condoms Female sterilisation
Access
 Easy 92.3 96.7 89.7 70.0 88.3 41.8
 Hard 7.4 3.1 10.0 28.7 11.0 56.7
 Don’t know/unsure 0.4 0.2 0.3 1.3 0.7 1.4
Effectiveness
 Yes 69.8 89.1 89.2 70.0 61.1 68.4
 No 29.9 10.8 10.5 28.1 38.1 31.1
 Don’t know 0.3 0.1 0.3 1.8 0.8 0.5
Cause health problems
 Yes, serious 12.5 18.5 23.2 35.4 4.0 30.0
 Yes, not serious 28.8 37.1 36.2 24.6 11.6 13.5
 No 58.2 44.2 40.1 38.1 83.4 54.2
 Don’t know 0.6 0.2 0.5 1.9 1.1 2.3
Interfere with menstruation
 Yes 40.5 78.0 66.5 48.9 30.3
 No 58.5 21.5 32.6 47.3 63.8
 Don’t know 1.0 0.5 0.9 3.8 5.9
Cause unpleasant side effect
 Yes 47.2 59.9 58.7 58.7 18.0 40.6
 No 52.4 40.0 41.0 39.7 81.2 56.5
 Don’t know 0.5 0.1 0.3 1.5 0.8 2.9
Unsafe to use for a long time
 Yes, should take a break 70.1 62.9 56.9 65.2 48.8
 No, safe for long time 29.5 36.7 42.7 33.3 49.6
 Don’t know 0.4 0.4 0.4 1.5 1.6
Cause infertility
 Yes, perhaps 13.8 28.0 21.8 18.9
 No 85.6 71.6 77.4 79.2
 Don’t know 0.5 0.4 0.8 1.9
FP use among friends, relatives
 Most 20.2 63.5 38.2 5.7 11.4 1.7
 About half 7.1 9.9 13.7 2.9 2.4 0.6
 Few 52.2 21.1 39.3 49.4 28.2 32.5
 None 19.7 4.8 8.3 40.9 54.8 64.5
 Don’t know 0.7 0.7 0.5 1.0 3.1 0.7
Experiences of friends, relatives (1)
 Satisfactory 55.1 60.2 59 50.7 70.6 71.1
 Unsatisfactory 24.3 14.8 19.2 30.1 15.2 20.5
 Mixed/Don’t know 20.6 25 21.9 19.2 14.3 8.3
Husband’s approval
 Approve 63.6 77.4 62.6 30.6 29.4 14.0
 Disapprove 35.9 22.1 36.5 68.0 70.0 84.9
 Don’t know 0.5 0.5 0.8 1.4 0.6 1.1
Mean net positive score (2) 20.3 21.6 19.2 0.9 31.2 5.5
Mean % of don’t know (3) 0.5 0.3 0.5 1.9 1.4 2.3
TOTAL (N) 2787 2808 2789 2664 2792 2423
  1. (1) Amongst those knowing some friends were using the methods
  2. (2) Mean percent difference between percentages of women who gave positive and negative responses among the above attributes except husband’s approval
  3. (3) Mean percent of women who said 'don’t know' to the above attributes except experiences of a method in social network and husband’s approval