Fear of contraceptives’ side effects and tensions in marital union among women at risk for unintended pregnancy in southwest Nigeria
AbstractBackgroud: Contraceptive uptake remains low among reproductive age women in Nigeria.This paper explores the views of women at risk for unintended pregnancy concerning contraceptives use, side effects, childrearing burden and the fear of unintended pregnancy in marriage. Methods: We conducted four focus group discussions and 32 in-depth interviews with married women (35-40 years) in two Yoruba communities in Southwest Nigeria.Results: Contraceptives awareness exists alongside with perceived side effects and misconceptions around contraceptive use among women. Cultural beliefs around the woman’s body and disempowerment through unplaned pregnancy before marriage provided limited spaces to negotiate contraceptive use. The impression that contraceptive use among women could promote marital infidelity still holds, while a feeling of husband’s extramarital relations was sometimes an opportunity to demand the use of condom.Conclusion: Contextual understanding of risks of contraceptive use could help in addressing the unmet need for contraceptives among women at risks for an unplanned pregnancy.
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