Migrant Women’s Use of Modern Contraception in Cotonou, Benin Republic

Boladé Banougnin , University of Ibadan

Evidence shows that migration has critical consequences for sexual and reproductive health services utilization. Very few studies address the issue of contraceptive use among internal migrants in sub-Saharan Africa countries, partly because of the limitations of available data. Using data from a survey we conducted in Cotonou in 2018, this study examines how internal migration affects modern contraceptive use in Cotonou, the largest city of Benin Republic. The results firstly show that there was non-significant association between internal migration and modern contraceptive use. Then, statistically significant differences emerged when migration status is interacted with reason for migration. Migrants in Cotonou for school or work motive had the highest probability of using modern contraception (32%), compared with the other groups (predicted probability values ranging from 17% to 21%). In conclusion, disaggregating migration status by reason for migration leads to better understanding of the effect migration status has on modern contraceptive use.

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 Presented in Session 148. Contraception in Context