Female Agriculture Undergraduates Perception And Use of Contraceptives in Federal University Of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

Ashimolowo Olubunmi

Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Executive Director, Gender Development Initiative

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Contraception is defined as the deliberate prevention of conception through the use of various devices and surgical procedures. The study assess the perception and use of contraceptives among female agriculture undergraduates in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). Simple random sampling technique was used to select 350 female respondents. Data was collected with the aid of questionnaire and analyzed using frequency counts, percentages, mean, standard deviation and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Results show that their mean age was 20±2.856 years. The method of contraceptives used among the respondents were pills (x=0.29) and calendar method (x=0.51). Finding reveals that almost half (47.7%) of the respondents had favourable perception towards contraceptives. The constraints to contraceptive use among the respondents were fear of side effects (x=1.46) and contraception can cause irregular period. The result of the hypotheses shows that there is significant difference (p≤0.05) in the use of contraceptives across the marital category (F=28.954) and  use of contraceptives across levels (F=11.686). The study concludes use of contraceptives, severe contraints and its favourable perception among the respondents. It was therefore recommended that the ministry of health should create more awareness campaigns to enhance favorable perception and use of contraception.

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