Knowledge and Practice of Family Planning Methods among Women in Himachal Pradesh: A Comparative Analysis

Knowledge and Practice of Family Planning Methods among Women in Himachal Pradesh: A Comparative Analysis

ABSTRACT

In the present paper, an attempt has been made to examine the knowledge and awareness of various contraceptive methods among women in Himachal Pradesh. The main objective of this paper is to explore the knowledge, awareness and practice of different family planning methods among women in Kangra and Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. This is a comparative study conducted in the two districts namely Kangra and Kullu of Himachal Pradesh. This paper is based on data collected through a structured Interview schedule regarding various contraceptive methods among women in Himachal Pradesh. A total number of 332 ever-married women in the reproductive age group of 15-49 years, 170 women from Thural Sub-Tehsil of Kangra and 162 from Kullu’s Nirmand Tehsil were taken for the study. Simple percentage method was used for analysing the categorical data. The results of the study show that in district Kangra, a higher number of women have knowledge and awareness of various family planning methods as compared to Kullu district. The findings of the study also indicates that higher use of contraceptive method is associated with higher level of education and also have positive relationship with son preference.

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