Cadernos de Saúde Pública
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DIAS-DA-COSTA, Juvenal Soares et al. Contraceptive methods and adequacy of oral contraceptive use in the city of Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: 1992-1999. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2002, vol.18, n.1, pp.93-99. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2002000100010.
A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess contraceptive methods and the adequacy of oral contraceptive use by women aged 20 to 49 years in the city of Pelotas. The results were compared with another cross-sectional study performed in 1992. A sample was randomly selected, including 766 women aged 20 to 49 years. Some 495 of the sample (64.6%) used a contraceptive method, in the following order: oral contraceptives (55.4%), surgical sterilization (22.2%), condoms (10,5%), and IUD (7.7%). Among users of oral contraceptives, 62 (22.2%) had some contraindication. Incorrect use of contraceptive methods was associated with age but not with socioeconomic status. As compared to the previous study, there was a reduction in the use of oral contraceptives. Meanwhile, other methods such as surgical sterilization, condoms, and IUD were used more frequently than in 1992.
Palavras-chave : Contraception; Family Planning; Cross-Sectional Studies.