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Barrier contraception among adolescents and young adults in a tertiary institution in Southwestern Nigeria: a cross-sectional descriptive study.
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PMID:  21061934     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nigeria, like most African nations, is basically conservative, but the young people are becoming more sexually liberated, and the incidence of STD/HIV, unwanted pregnancies and abortions among these young people is on the increase. The use of barrier contraception (BC), which is a cost-effective method of preventing STD/HIV, unwanted pregnancies and its attending complications, has therefore become an important issue in reproductive health. This descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out among first year students of Osun State University, Nigeria. Four hundred respondents were studied using pre-tested semi-structured questionnaires. The respondents were selected by balloting. Most respondents (93%) had heard about the male condom as a method of barrier contraception. Most respondents (79.1%) supported the use of barrier contraceptives, but many (62.5%) thought it would promote sexual promiscuity, 33.4% believed that the use of barrier contraception reflected a lack of trust from the partner, and 38.7% felt barrier contraception is not necessary with a stable partner. One hundred and sixty one (40.5%) had used a form of barrier contraception before, but only 130 (32.7%) are currently using BC. The male condom was the most commonly used method (88.2%), followed by female condom and diaphragm (5.6% respectively). The prevention of STI and unwanted pregnancies were the main reasons (59%) given by respondents for using BC, while religion was the main reason given by non-users. The attitudes of these students toward barrier contraception and their practice were poor. The role of sex education at homes and religious gatherings cannot be over-emphasized.
Adenike I Olugbenga-Bello; Daniel A Adekanle; Ebenezer O Ojofeitimi; Adeleye A Adeomi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of adolescent medicine and health     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0334-0139     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Adolesc Med Health     Publication Date:    2010 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-10     Completed Date:  2010-12-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506960     Medline TA:  Int J Adolesc Med Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  321-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, PMB 4400, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Contraception Behavior*
Contraception, Barrier / utilization*
Contraceptive Devices, Female
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
Young Adult

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