ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Users Perspectives on Fertility Regulation Methods

Regulation Methods T K Sundari Ravindran STUDIES show that in several countries, a relatively low contraceptive prevalence coexists with an 'unmet need' for fertility control. According to the World Fertility Survey (WFS), 19 per cent of women in Bangladesh and 16 per cent of women in Philippines wanted no more children, but were not practising family planning. This was not because of lack of information since 84 and 94 per cent of the women knew of at least one modern method of contraception. 1 The WFS estimate docs not include the need for spacing and is therefore an underestimate of the extent of unmet need for fertility regulation services. Another study which takes both needs into account, covering six countries including Bangladesh and Thailand in Asia, estimates that 79 per cent of women in Bangladesh who were currently not in need of contraception (because of pregnancy, lactation or abstinence) were likely to need it in the following year, and of these, 67 per cent would probably not have their needs met.2How does one explain this paradox: women have an unmet need and family planning services have a low or not so high utilisation? What are the barriers to women's access to fertility regulation technologies and services?

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