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Influence of women health care adoption on contraceptive use  [2008]

Abbasi, S.S. (International Islamic Univ., Islamabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Sociology) Zafar, M.I. (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Rural Sociology) Batool, Z. (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Rural Sociology) Aslam, M. (District Headquarter Hospital, Faisalabad (Pakistan)) et al.

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The effect of women heath seeking behaviour during pregnancy and post delivery period on contraceptive use and family size are important dimensions of female fertility. These determinants of female fertility have rarely been explored, particularly in developing countries confronting problems of rising population growth. A study was conducted in district Faisalabad, Pakistan to explore the influence of pre and postnatal care on contraceptive use. A random sample of 1051 married women was studied from the urban and rural areas of the district through formal survey. It was found that contraceptive use is associated with pre- and postnatal care. Minimum of 5-7 prenatal and at least 2 postnatal visits have been identified as effective to promote contraceptive use. Involvement of health professionals, motivation through mass media and improved access to health care services during the period of pregnancy and after childbirth is the measures suggested to enhance contraceptive use in the society to curtail family size.

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Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences (Pakistan)

ISSN : 0552-9034