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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-76

Emergency contraception: A survey of women's knowledge and attitude in a rural setting of northern Nigeria


Departments of Community Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. College of Medical Sciences. University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria

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Departments of Community Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. College of Medical Sciences. University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri
Nigeria
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The objectives of the survey was to assess women's knowledge and attitude in relation to emergency contraception and to identify ways in which these might be improved Questionnaires seeking level of knowledge of emergency contraception, and attitudes to use and publicity were distributed to randomly selected Nigerian women resident in semi-urban towns in Gwoza Local Government area of Barno State, Nigeria. Majority of the women (96.9%) recognised the need for an emergency contraception, although correct knowledge of appropriate methods were deficient. Hospital and friends represented the commonest source of information. There is need to educate all women including the general populace about emergency contraception and the correct timing of its use.


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