Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(5): 902-909

Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Ali Mesfer Alshardan, Mohammed Abdul Bari, Ibrahim AlSinan, Muath AlMuqhim, Nora AlRazeyg.

ABSTRACT

Background: In Saudi Arabian society, the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) is the most preferred method of contraception due to its accessibility and reversibility. However, as OCPs are over-the-counter medications, issues related to their inappropriate usage have risen, which can limit their efficacy. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the women’s knowledge and perceptions about the use and safety of oral contraceptives in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted between June 2019 and July 2019 in Al-Kharj city, Saudi Arabia. A total of 730 self-administered questionnaires were distributed to women in shopping malls. A Chisquare test was used to determine the relationship between various demographic variables and the knowledge and use of contraceptives. A p-value ≤ 0.05 was considered to be significant for all the variables. Results: A total of 708 women met the inclusion criteria. Of these, 559 were between the age of 15 and 35 years. The majority of respondents had either a university degree or postgraduate education (69.5%). Over half of the respondents were not formally employed, including students (67.1%), whereas 30.2% were unmarried. The results showed that knowledge about contraceptives increased with age. However, a knowledge deficit was observed across all age groups, particularly among 15–25-year-old women. Conclusion: The study uncovered inadequate knowledge among women on OCPs, their potential side effects, and health-related issues. Besides, many women used OCPs for reasons other than preventing pregnancy, including postponing their menstrual periods.

Keywords:
Oral contraceptive, knowledge and beliefs, Saudi Arabian women, pills


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Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Ali Mesfer Alshardan
College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Abdul Bari
Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Ibrahim AlSinan
College of Medicine, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Muath AlMuqhim
College of Medicine, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Nora AlRazeyg
College of Medicine, Dar Al Uloom University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Ali Mesfer Alshardan, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.; Alshardan023@ksauhs.edu.sa

Publication history
Received 26 Mar 2020
Accepted 18 Apr 2020
Published online 27 Apr 2020
Published in print 16 May 2020

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Alshardan AM, Bari MA, AlSinan I, AlMuqhim M, AlRazeyg N. Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(5): 902-909. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1585167321


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Alshardan AM, Bari MA, AlSinan I, AlMuqhim M, AlRazeyg N. Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=95081 [Access: November 26, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1585167321


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Alshardan AM, Bari MA, AlSinan I, AlMuqhim M, AlRazeyg N. Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(5): 902-909. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1585167321


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Alshardan AM, Bari MA, AlSinan I, AlMuqhim M, AlRazeyg N. Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited November 26, 2020]; 4(5): 902-909. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1585167321


Harvard Style

Alshardan, A. M., Bari, . M. A., AlSinan, . I., AlMuqhim, . M. & AlRazeyg, . N. (2020) Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (5), 902-909. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1585167321


Turabian Style

Alshardan, Ali Mesfer, Mohammed Abdul Bari, Ibrahim AlSinan, Muath AlMuqhim, and Nora AlRazeyg. 2020. Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (5), 902-909. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1585167321


Chicago Style

Alshardan, Ali Mesfer, Mohammed Abdul Bari, Ibrahim AlSinan, Muath AlMuqhim, and Nora AlRazeyg. "Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 902-909. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1585167321


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Alshardan, Ali Mesfer, Mohammed Abdul Bari, Ibrahim AlSinan, Muath AlMuqhim, and Nora AlRazeyg. "Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.5 (2020), 902-909. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1585167321


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Alshardan, A. M., Bari, . M. A., AlSinan, . I., AlMuqhim, . M. & AlRazeyg, . N. (2020) Knowledge and use of contraceptives among women in Al-Kharj City, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (5), 902-909. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1585167321


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