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Stud Fam Plann. 1992 Nov-Dec;23(6 Pt 1):352-64.

Contraceptive use in Matlab, Bangladesh in 1990: levels, trends, and explanations.

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  • 1Ford Foundation, New Delhi, India.


The results of a 1990 knowledge, attitudes, and practice survey in Matlab, Bangladesh, indicate that contraceptive prevalence has risen to 57 percent in the maternal and child health/family planning project area. Between 1984 and 1990 significant increases were registered in the proportions of women using contraceptives for the purposes of spacing and limiting births. By 1990 fertility control in the intervention area had become so widely diffused that educational differentials in contraceptive practice were no longer evident. Although significant gains in contraceptive use were also evident in the neighboring comparison area during this period, at 27 percent, prevalence there still remained substantially below the levels in the intervention area. The disparity in contraceptive use between the two areas is adequately explained neither by differences in socioeconomic conditions nor in the demand for family planning, but rather by differences in the intensity, coverage, and overall quality of their family planning programs.

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