Female condom awareness, use and concerns among Nigerian female undergraduates
Authors: Okunlola, M.; Morhason-Bello, I.; Owonikoko, K.; Adekunle, A.
Source: Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Volume 26, Number 4, May 2006 , pp. 353-356(4)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:A cross-sectional study of female condom awareness, usage and concerns among the female undergraduates of the University of Ibadan was conducted in September 2004. The results of 850 out of the 879 female students interviewed were used for analysis (96.6%). Over 80% had knowledge of the female condom as a form of modern contraception and the majority of them learnt about it through the mass media (39.9%) and health workers (34.4%). However, only 11.3% had ever used the female condom, with most (40%) using it to prevent both unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections including HIV (STI/HIV). The sexual partners' approval was appreciable, accounting for about 42.7% among those that had experience of the female condom usage. Major concerns mentioned such as difficulty of inserting it into the vagina and lack of sexual satisfaction, were not different from those in earlier studies. The result of this study looks promising judging from a high awareness level of the female condom, even though its usage is low. The female condom may be an alternative strategy to combat unsafe sexual practises and its sequelae in a country like Nigeria that is male dominated.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
Publication date: May 1, 2006