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Contraceptive prevalence seen to rise if all family planning needs were satisfied

Legazpi City (5 February) -- Seven in ten married women (73 percent) could be using a family planning method if all family planning need were satisfied, according to the results of the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).

The survey reveals that 51 percent of married women are using a family planning method or have a met need for family planning.

Those with unmet need for family planning comprise 22 percent; 13 percent for limiting births and 9 percent for spacing births. Thus, overall, 73 percent of currently married women have a total demand for family planning.

Unmet need for family planning has increased in five years. In the 2003 NDHS, 17 percent of married women had an unmet need for family planning; 9 percent for limiting births ad 8 percent for spacing births. The met need for family planning or the proportion of married women using a family planning method in 2003 was 49 percent.

The 2008 NDHS results indicate that unmet need for family planning decreases with education, wealth, and age.

For example, 29 percent of women with no education have unmet need for family planning compared with 20 percent for women with college education or higher. Twenty-eight percent of women in poorest households (lowest wealth quintile) as compared to around 20 percent of those in wealthiest households (fourth and highest wealth quintiles) have unmet need for family planning.

The percentage of women aged 15-19 with unmet need for family planning (36 percent) is twice that of women aged 45-49 (18 percent).

Unmet need for family planning also varies by region.. It is highest in ARMM (33 percent) and Bicol (32 percent) and lowest in Davao Peninsula (15 percent) and Cordillera Administrative Region (17 percent).

The 2008 NDHS is a nationally representative survey of almost 14,000 households and 14,000 women 15-49, conducted from August 7 to September 27, 2008. The 2008 NDHS is the 9th in a series of demographic surveys undertaken by the National Statistics Office (NSO) at five-year intervals since 1968.

Other major findings of the 2008 NDHS will be presented in a data dissemination forum on January 4, 2010. The final report on the survey findings will be distributed in the forum. (NSO V/PIA) [top]

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