One Out of Four Married Women Currently Practicing Family Planning Intends to Stop Doing So

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006


One out of four currently married women 15-49 years old practicing family planning intends to stop doing so. Also, among the non-users, one in four intends to use a method at anytime in the future, according to the 2005 Family Planning Survey (FPS). Among current users of family planning, the poor are more likely to continue practicing family planning than their non-poor counterpart (81 percent versus 71 percent). Also, about 90 percent of both poor and non-poor currently married women 15-49 years old who intend to use any of these methods, pill, IUD, injectable, condom and ligation in the future would be willing to pay for their contraceptive supplies.

One in two currently married women 15-49 years old in the Philippines is using a family planning method. The survey revealed that among married women who are not practicing family planning, three out of 10 cited method-related reasons, mainly fear of side effects and health concerns, for not using any contraceptive method. This finding conveys the need for a more vigorous family planning information dissemination.

The public sector continues to be the main provider of modern family planning methods. About three out of five currently married women 15-49 years old using these methods obtain their supplies and services from the public sector. Government hospitals are the principal source of services for ligation and vasectomy; 65 percent of married women had their operation in government hospitals in 2005. Meanwhile, pharmacies continue to provide contraceptive pills to the majority of its users; two in five pill users obtain their supplies from pharmacies. Rural health units and urban health centers are the major sources of IUD, whereas those using injectables obtain their supply mainly from barangay health stations.

The 2005 FPS is the ninth in a series of family planning surveys conducted nationwide by the NSO since 1995. About 48,000 women were interviewed for the 2005 FPS. Funding assistance was provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and technical assistance by the International Programs Center of the U.S. Census Bureau.

These are some of the major findings from the 2004 FPS. Other important findings will be presented during the Data Dissemination Forum on the results of the 2004 FPS on August 15, 2005 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila.

Other important findings were presented during the Data Dissemination Forum on the results of the 2005 FPS on May 16, 2006 at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.