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

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Hanan M. Shamrani
Arwa F. Shamrani
Abdulrahman E. Alsaggaf
Mohammad I. Khojah
Maram M. Alafif
Safwan O. Tayeb
Yousef A. Qari
Steve M. Harakeh


Attitudes, Contraception, Knowledge, Oral contraceptive pill, Women, Saudi Arabia


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.

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