The association between recent sexual activity and the use of modern contraceptive methods among married/cohabiting women in Indonesia

Abstract

Background: Modern contraceptive methods are considered more reliable for preventing and spacing pregnancy than traditional methods in sexual activity. The study aimed to analyze the association between recent sexual activity and the use of modern contraceptive methods among married/cohabiting women in Indonesia. 
Design: The samples used were married/cohabiting women aged 15-49 years old. The sample size was 34,467 women. The variables analyzed included modern contraceptive use, recent sexual activity, age groups, marital status, education level, and wealth status. Analysis using multinomial logistic regression.
Results: It was found that women who were sexually not active last 4 weeks had the likely to use modern contraceptive non-LARC (long-acting reversible contraceptives) 0.416 times compared to women who were sexually active last 4 weeks. Women who were sexually active last 4 weeks were more likely to use modern contraceptive LARC 0.535 times than women who were sexually active last 4 weeks. The results of this analysis inform that women who are sexually active last 4 weeks have a higher possibility to use modern contraceptives, both non-LARC and LARC types.
Conclusions: Based on the results of the research analysis it could be concluded that recent sexual activity was associated with modern contraceptive use among married/cohabiting women in Indonesia.

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2020-11-23
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Ethical approval from the national ethics commission at the Ministry of Health was obtained by The 2017 IDHS. The respondents' identities have all been deleted from the dataset. Respondents have provided written approval for their involvement in the study. The author has obtained the data utilization permission from the 2017 IDHS data from ICF International through its website: https://dhsprogram.com/data/new-user-registration.cfm.
Keywords:
public health, sexual activity, modern contraceptive use, women’s health, childbearing age women
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Laksono, A. D., Wulandari, R. D., & Matahari, R. (2020). The association between recent sexual activity and the use of modern contraceptive methods among married/cohabiting women in Indonesia. Journal of Public Health Research, 9(4). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphr.2020.1885