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Region XI registers highest in contraceptive prevalence rate

Davao City (25 March) -- Contraceptives are popular in Davao Region as it shows the highest contraceptive prevalence rate nationwide, among married women.

The findings was based on the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO).

Data provided by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) showed that Davao Region's married women of 15 to 49 years of age, broke church prohibitions, and registered a 60.2 percent high proportion among the rest of the women nationwide.

Such mark that married women in the region posted, was higher by 9.5 percentage points than the 50.7 percent registered at the national level.

NDHS ranked Central Luzon as second in contraceptive prevalence rate at 57.8 percent; Central Visayas at 55.7 percent; while the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao posted the lowest CPR at 15.1 percent.

But during the survey, contraceptives use had yet to penetrate the 39.8 percent married women population, of the same 15 to 49 years of age bracket, who were not yet into it.

However, in totality, 99 percent of married women surveyed in Davao Region revealed to have known at least one contraceptive method.

Among the married women, 44.7 percent opted to use modern methods over the traditional contraceptives.

NDHS found out that pill was the most popular among the modern methods, registering 21.2 percent.

Female sterilization and intra-uterine device (IUD) followed in percentage points among modern contraceptives, posting 9.6 percent and 8.4 percent respectively.

Other modern contraceptives which were found used were injectables, condom, and mucus/billing/ovulation method.

Some married women surveyed were still into traditional contraceptive methods, and the survey found out that rhythm was the most common, posting 10 percent. Others were using withdrawal and folk method.

Meanwhile, NSCB looked at the latest trend of CPR in Davao Region as slower by 1.5 percentage points compared with the 7.4 percentage points increase the region registered from 1998 to 2003. (PIA XI/NSCB/jmdabangan) [top]

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