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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1931-1940

Pattern and determinants of contraceptive usage among women of reproductive age in the United Arab Emirates

1 Health Policies and Standards Department, Health Regulation Sector, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 Primary Healthcare Sector, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3 Primary Healthcare Sector, Ministry of Health, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
4 Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in Association with University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; Department of Neurology, Carrick Institute, Cape Canaveral; University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando, FL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mahera Abdulrahman
Health Policies and Standards Department, Health Regulation Sector, Dubai Health Authority
United Arab Emirates
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_390_19

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Introduction: Women in the UAE and Muslim countries are a largely understudied population with significant disparities in knowledge to most basic health concerns and family planning. Our objective was to identify UAE contraceptive knowledge similarities and variances to other world regions, and to inform efforts to improve contraceptive care at Arab world and Muslim countries. Methods: Structured questionnaire consisting of socio-demographic characteristics, knowledge, beliefs and attitudes related to contraception methods. Results: The use of effective contraception methods was associated with higher educational levels of UAE national women who desired to conceive. These women had knowledge of contraception that was associated with an identified impact of their spouse on their choice of contraception. Religion plays an essential role in knowledge on the risk of contraception and safe type of contraceptive methods in the UAE. Statistically significant predictors of having knowledge on different methods of contraception were nationality, P < 0.002; education level, P < 0.03; number of marriages P < 0.002; monthly income, P < 0.04; and the number of children, P < 0.015. Conclusions: Our results demonstrate that higher education and communication of the benefits and risks of different types of contraceptive methods are needed to improve the use of contraception in the UAE population. We recommend additional training in this area for healthcare providers. The involvement of the spouse in the mutual understanding of contraception and its choice coupled with third party insurance coverage may decrease knowledge and utilization gaps further assisting in providing a best contraceptive method.

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