Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Women in Jeddah Towards the Use of Oral Contraceptive Pills

  • Hanan M. Shamrani King Abdulaziz University
  • Arwa F. Shamrani King Abdulaziz University
  • Abdulrahman E. Alsaggaf King Abdulaziz University
  • Mohammad I. Khojah King Abdulaziz University
  • Maram M. Alafif King Abdulaziz University
  • Safwan O. Tayeb King Abdulaziz University
  • Yousef A. Qari King Abdulaziz University
  • Steve M. Harakeh King Abdulaziz University
Keywords: Attitudes, Contraception, Knowledge, Oral contraceptive pill, Women, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

Objective (Background): The use of oral contraceptive pill is considered an acceptable practice worldwide. Socio-demographic patterns in Saudi Arabia are rapidly changing with time. This study aims to evaluate the knowledge, attitude and practice among women in Jeddah towards the use of oral contraceptive pills.

Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted using a self-administered questionnaire as a tool for data collection.

Results: The study was conducted in Jeddah city in the Western region of Saudi Arabia between 2014-2015, 913 women were approached and 40 refused to participate (4.378% refusal rate). Out of those 873 who agreed to participate, 713 responded correctly and were included (78.09% response rate). Participants were grouped into six categories based on their age. The majority of the women polled were Saudis (71.4%). There was a positive correlation between the attitude of women towards the use of oral contraceptive pill and age (P-value < 0.001). Similar correlation was true also in the case of knowledge and the level of education towards the use of oral contraceptive pills. There was a significant correlation between marital status towards oral contraceptive pill use (P-value <0.001).

Conclusions: This study should be extended to other regions of the kingdom. The results emphasize the need for women in Jeddah city as well as the rest of Saudi Arabia to be better educated, aware and informed about the different contraceptive methods available in order for them to make the right decision regarding the method they like to choose for birth control.

Author Biographies

Hanan M. Shamrani, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine

Arwa F. Shamrani, King Abdulaziz University

Faculty of Medicine

Abdulrahman E. Alsaggaf, King Abdulaziz University

Faculty of Medicine

Mohammad I. Khojah, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine

Maram M. Alafif, King Abdulaziz University

Faculty of Medicine

Safwan O. Tayeb, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine

Yousef A. Qari, King Abdulaziz University

Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Steve M. Harakeh, King Abdulaziz University

Special Infectious Agents Unit, King Fahd Medical Research Center

Published
2017-12-31
How to Cite
Shamrani, H., Shamrani, A., Alsaggaf, A., Khojah, M., Alafif, M., Tayeb, S., Qari, Y., & Harakeh, S. (2017). Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Women in Jeddah Towards the Use of Oral Contraceptive Pills. Saudi Journal of Internal Medicine, 7(2), 5-10. Retrieved from http://sjim.org.sa/index.php/SJIM/article/view/154
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Articles

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