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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2003 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 6 | Page No.: 376-384
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2003.376.384
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Fertility Regulating Behaviour: A Study of Rural Punjab-Pakistan

M. Iqbal Zafar, M. Habib Ullah , Saif-ur-Rehman and Saif Abbasi

The main objective of the study is to examine fertility regulation behaviour in terms of knowledge. Attitude and practice of contraception and to explore the socio-cultural obstacles in relation to acceptability and accessibility of birth control methods. Three hundred sixty women aged 25-45 years with at least one living child residing in the rural areas of three major districts of the Punjab province Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan were interviewed. Findings demonstrate that cultural forces in terms of religious belief system, husband`s opposition, preference for large families and normative and psychic costs of contraception are vitally important in shaping fertility regulating behaviour. Organised efforts are required to provide contraceptive information, counselling and services about mother-child health, pregnancy complications and others reproductive health problems to reduce the health risks from mistimed and unwanted pregnancies. It is also argued that the contraceptives methods offered to couples should have minimum side effects and assistance should be readily available to those women or couples who find difficulty with a method and wishing to shift to another. The performance of the family planning programme can also be enhanced if it meet the multiple reproductive health needs of the Pakistani couples.
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M. Iqbal Zafar, M. Habib Ullah , Saif-ur-Rehman and Saif Abbasi , 2003. Fertility Regulating Behaviour: A Study of Rural Punjab-Pakistan. Journal of Applied Sciences, 3: 376-384.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2003.376.384






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