Sunil M B, Dr Nagarajappa D
Abstract: Background: The investigator has come across women who have been using contraceptives but have very minimal knowledge of its use, effects and risks and this has motivated the investigator to investigate on the knowledge and attitude of women on contraceptives. Objective: The purpose of this study was to to assess the knowledge and attitude of married women in reproductive age group regarding emergency contraception in selected urban area, bathinda. Design: A descriptive study design was used. Sample; Study included 55 married women in reproductive age group, at Bhucho Mandi, Bathinda. Among 55 eligible subjects, 55 completed and returned the survey (response rate was 100 %). Methods: A self-administrative survey including demographics, likert scale, and knowledge based questionnaire was used to collect the data. Results: The findings revealed the majority of the women were between 26-35 years of age. On the whole, out of 55 women, 06 (10.90 %) women have moderate knowledge (mean=6.54, SD=2.46), 49 (89.09 %) women have inadequate knowledge and no women have adequate knowledge. Among 55 respondents, 24 (43.63 %) of them had positive attitude towards EC. Based on the findings, it is concluded that on an average majority of women (89.09 %) have inadequate knowledge on emergency contraception as a whole. Majority of them are likely to have negative attitude towards EC. Interpretation & Conclusion: The results provided valuable information for Community Health Workers, Health educators. The improvement of womens knowledge about specific details of the method and timely utilization of emergency contraception is still required.
Keywords: Emergency contraception, Knowledge, Attitude, Reproductive Age, Women