Obstacles to Contraceptive Adoption Among Women in Union in Low Contraceptive Practice Settings in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of the Republic of Benin

Justin Dansou , University of Ibadan

Despite efforts and commitments to improving the use of contraceptives over the past decades, the rate at which people use contraceptives in Benin Republic remain low (modern CPR=12% in 2017/2018) even though the knowledge of contraception is widespread in most parts of the country. The present studies attempts to provide more understanding of the barriers undermining contraceptives uptake among Beninese women living in union / marriage. Data were gathered from a total of 199 participants interviewed using in-depth interviews and focus group discussion guides. Results showed that traditional and cultural beliefs continue to shape the reproductive life of Beninese. Among others, cultural and religious beliefs emerged as important barriers for family planning use. Communities’ influence especially partners and family in-law’s roles also emerged. The study’s findings revealed leading barriers undermining contraceptive uptake among women in union gave more insights into the way forward for enhancing contraceptive adoption.

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