Factors influencing discontinuation of intrauterine contraceptive devices: an assessment in the Indian context
Authors: Salhan, S; Tripathi, V
Source: The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, Volume 9, Number 4, December 2004 , pp. 245-259(15)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:Sociocultural and behavioral factors are associated with decision to use and the selection of a contraceptive method, continuation of use and reasons for discontinuation of a contraceptive. This paper tries to distinctly outline the determinants of discontinuation of the intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD), especially in the Indian context. Data on medical reasons for discontinuation are available through clinical trials. However, sociodemographic studies provide one with a wider spectrum to analyze the factors associated with the discontinuation of IUCDs. Information on service providers can be used to improve the quality of family planning services in the country. In India, a thorough review of birth spacing methods, especially the IUCD, is needed since the surveys show a high rate of discontinuation. The emphasis in this paper is upon compilation of reasons for discontinuation of the IUCD and research thereof. The review of the literature is directed towards giving a new direction to assessment of family planning programs, especially in India where population control is largely dependent upon permanent methods. Delineation of factors is important to improve the family planning program.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2004-12-01