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Table 5 Percentage of women with specific opinions by use status (Nairobi)

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

Attributes Pills Injectables Implants
Current users Past users Never users Current users Past users Never users Current users Past users Never users
Access
 Easy 98.3 94.0 90.6 99.1 96.9 93.0 96.7 92.4 87.1
 Hard 1.7 6.0 8.8 0.9 3.0 6.3 3.3 7.6 12.5
 Don’t know/unsure 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.1 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.4
Effectiveness
 Yes 93.6 70.9 65.9 97.7 86.0 83.4 98.2 89.0 86.6
 No 6.4 29.0 33.7 2.3 14.0 16.2 1.8 11.0 12.9
 Don’t know 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.4
Cause health problems
 Yes, serious 5.1 14.2 12.6 10.6 23.0 21.1 9.7 35.5 24.5
 Yes, not serious 18.4 32.7 28.2 33.4 38.5 39.4 31.9 35.9 37.6
 No 76.5 52.9 58.4 55.9 38.5 38.9 58.5 28.4 37.2
 Don’t know 0.0 0.2 0.8 0.1 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.2 0.7
Interfere with menstruation
 Yes 25.2 40.7 42.5 73.0 82.3 77.1 59.6 75.1 66.7
 No 74.8 59.0 55.9 27.0 17.7 21.0 40.4 24.9 31.9
 Don’t know 0.0 0.2 1.6 0.0 0.0 1.9 0.0 0.0 1.4
Cause unpleasant side effect
 Yes 30.3 51.4 47.3 50.6 65.8 61.7 44.8 70.9 60.1
 No 69.7 48.6 51.9 49.4 34.2 37.9 55.2 28.9 39.5
 Don’t know 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.2 0.4
Unsafe to use for a long time
 Yes, should take a break 46.2 69.2 74.0 49.0 70.0 69.0 37.9 61.6 61.6
 No, safe for long use 53.8 30.8 25.4 50.9 29.9 29.8 61.9 38.4 37.9
 Don’t know 0.0 0.0 0.7 0.1 0.2 1.2 0.2 0.0 0.5
Cause infertility
 Yes, perhaps 9.8 13.1 14.7 26.1 30.0 26.9 16.0 22.7 23.4
 No 89.3 86.8 84.6 73.6 69.8 72.1 83.4 77.0 75.7
 Don’t know 0.9 0.1 0.7 0.3 0.2 1.0 0.5 0.2 0.9
FP use among friends, relatives
 Most 34.2 26.1 15.3 72.6 63.0 52.1 56.3 46.9 30.8
 About half 10.7 7.5 6.5 9.2 10.0 10.7 14.9 14.7 13.1
 Few 45.3 50.6 54.0 15.2 22.3 26.9 25.9 33.0 44.7
 None 9.8 15.2 23.5 2.5 4.2 9.0 2.7 4.6 10.8
 Don’t know 0.0 0.6 0.8 0.4 0.5 1.3 0.2 0.7 0.6
Experiences of friends, relatives (1)
 Satisfactory 83.4 52 52.2 74.9 52.9 52.7 75.2 48.8 56
 Unsatisfactory 5.2 27.9 25.3 4.6 19.3 20.9 6.6 25.1 21.9
 Mixed/Don’t know 11.4 20.1 22.4 20.4 27.8 26.4 18.2 26.1 22.1
Husband’s approval
 Approve 92.3 71.8 55.3 91.5 77.5 58.4 90.0 68.5 53.1
 Disapprove 7.69 28.19 43.82 8.4 22.4 39.8 9.8 31.5 45.7
 Don’t know 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.1 0.1 1.8 0.2 0.0 1.2
Satisfied with use
 Satisfied 90.2 41.3 87.7 44.9 86.5 32.3
 Unsatisfied 8.5 55.8 10.5 53.2 10.7 64.8
 Mixed/Neither 1.3 2.3 1.3 1.3 2.0 2.0
 Missing 0.0 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 1.0
Mean net positive score (2) 53.4 19.8 15.8 38.0 14.1 13.0 44.5 11.8 13.2
Mean % of don’t know (3) 0.1 0.2 0.8 0.1 0.1 1.0 0.1 0.2 0.7
TOTAL(N) 234 869 1684 909 1218 681 549 409 1831
  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
  4. Note: Chi-square test was conducted to assess associations between each of the above attributes and use status. The p-values were all 0.01 or smaller except the perceptions on risk of infertility of pills (p = 0.061) and injectables (p = 0.015)