Do Family Planning Advice and Maternal Health Care Utilization Change Course in Contraception Usage? A Study Based on Bihar, India

Pradeep Kumar, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
Donald Mawkhlieng

The study aims to access the impact of family planning advice and maternal health care utilization on contraceptive usage in Bihar using the National Family Health survey round 4, (2015-16) data. Bivariate and multivariate analyses used in the study reveals that majority of the women preferred modern contraceptive methods with female sterilization being the most common among all. More than half of married women received advice on family planning methods but were found to be inconsistent in influencing the contraceptive use. Women who have received proper maternal health care were found to have more likelihood of adopting family planning methods. Age, residence, religion and wealth index are the significant predictors of contraception use. Age and wealth of the women have a positive relationship with the contraception use. There exists a variation in contraceptive usage across regional and religious spheres of women which calls for target specific policies.

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 Presented in Session 10. Fertility, Family Planning, Sexual Behavior & Reproductive Health 2