Knowledge of family planning and contraceptive use among indigenous women in Dinajpur, Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study

U. K. Majumder, Md Salauddin Khan


Background: Knowledge of family planning (KFP) and contraceptive use play a vital role in controlling the level of fertility. The association between indigenous women's KFP and contraceptive use was badly found in inadequate studies. This study aimed to determine the factors that connect contraceptives use as well as gathering KFP of indigenous women.

Methods: This study was carried out among purposively selected six Upazilas of Dinajpur district, where most of the indigenous peoples live. About 223 respondents were randomly selected for data collection by using a structured questionnaire. Univariate and bivariate analyses were used to describe the individual variables, and to find the associations among the variables. Binary logistic regression analysis was applied to determine the effects of selected socio-demographic factors on KFP and contraceptive use. 

Results: The results acknowledged that contraceptive use was found higher among school attended women (69%) and women (75%) of service holder husbands. Women who were involved in higher working status also use more contraceptives and are concerned about KFP. Pill and injections were more used among modern methods. Location, school attendance, educational and occupational status of the respondent and their husbands were found to be significantly associated with KFP and use of contraception among indigenous women.

Conclusions: KFP and contraceptive use among women defined a gap was identified. By creating educational and employment opportunities for women to be enhanced the KFP and contraceptive use. Also, the socio-demographic factors needed to be taken into consideration in formulating policies and implementing programs among women.


Family Planning, Contraception, Binary logistic regression, Indigenous women, Dinajpur

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