CULTURAL PATTERNS OF CONTRACEPTIVE USAGE AMONG RURAL WOMEN IN URHOBO LAND, NIGERIA

BY
JAMES ERHURHU ODIVWRI
Department of Sociology,
Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil
P.M.B 3474, Kano, Nigeria
E-mail: jamesodivwri@yahoo.com
GSM: +2348037880521

SUMMARY

The study examined the cultural patterns of contraceptive usage among rural women in Urhoboland, Nigeria. The basic objectives of the study were to find out the traditional methods of contraceptive, the reasons for the use or non-use of the methods, the barriers to modern contraceptive usage and the likely effects of contraceptive practice on rural women in Urhoboland. The study was a descriptive cross sectional study, using multi-stage sampling procedure. The Health Belief model provided a guide to the study. The study revealed that the older women of age bracket 30-41 use contraceptive than the younger age bracket and the basic reason given was to limit family size. The commonest traditional contraceptives were waist band, ring, gin concoctions, abstinence from sex after last birth as well as prolonged breast feeding. There is high misconception by the women on modern contraceptive method mainly due to perceived side effects and opposition by their husbands. The paper argued that there is need for sexuality and sex education among the rural women to disabuse their minds on the misconception of modern methods of contraception and mass campaign by the State and Federal Ministries of Health on control of family size.

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Posted in VOLUME 18 NO.1 APRIL, 2016.

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