Knowledge of Safe Period and Utilization of Long-Lasting Reversible Contraceptives among Female Adolescents in an Urban City in Nigeria

Abade Ese

Department of Human Kinetics, Health and Safety Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Frank Abade

Department of Human Kinetics, Health and Safety Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Elechi Comfort

Department of Human Kinetics, Health and Safety Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Blessing UKoro *

Department of Human Physiology, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

The study sought to evaluate the understanding of safe period and long-lasting reversible contraceptives among adolescent females in an urban city in Nigeria, employing a descriptive research approach. The study was directed by three research questions and one hypothesis. The study utilized a sample size of 900 teenagers residing in Port Harcourt city. The researchers utilized a methodical self-administered questionnaire to collect data from the participants. The research questions and hypothesis were analyzed using percentages and binary logistic regression with a significance level of 0.05 (alpha level). The study revealed that 65.6% of the respondents demonstrated a good understanding of safe period, while 62.1% had a good knowledge of long-lasting contraceptive methods. Only 14.7% of the respondents reported frequent use of contraception, with the majority (25.6%) of frequent users being in SS2. The findings revealed a notable disparity in the average rate of contraceptive utilization among teenagers residing in an urban area of Nigeria, depending on their social class [F (2,887) = 854.499; p<0.05]. The study determined that adolescents possessed a strong understanding of safe periods and long-acting reversible contraceptives. Furthermore, a notable correlation was observed between class and contraceptive usage. Policy makers are advised to ensure that reproductive health services are easily available to teenagers by enacting regulations that promote the development of family planning clinics specifically designed for young people.

Keywords: family planning, contraceptives, follicular phases, ovulation


How to Cite

Ese, A., Abade, F., Comfort, E., & UKoro, B. (2024). Knowledge of Safe Period and Utilization of Long-Lasting Reversible Contraceptives among Female Adolescents in an Urban City in Nigeria. Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth, 7(1), 15–22. Retrieved from https://journalajpcb.com/index.php/AJPCB/article/view/127

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