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This chapter presents results from the 2007 RMIDHS regarding aspects of contraceptive use, knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. Although the focus is on women, some results from the male survey are discussed, since men play an important role in the realization of reproduction goals. Data on inter-spousal communication and husbands’ knowledge about their wives’ contraceptive use are also presented. The results presented in this chapter include contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for contraception, which have important implications for program managers to assess to what extent family planning services are reaching users and how effectively the methods are being adopted. One of the important indicators resulting from the survey is the percentage of married women aged 15–49 who are currently using any method of contraception. It is important to note that the study of contraception prevalence in the country is vital because contraception plays an important role in determining fertility levels and trends.



One major objective of the 2007 RMIDHS was to assess the level of knowledge of contraceptive methods among Marshallese women and men. Individuals who have adequate information about available methods of contraception are better able to develop a rational approach to planning their family. Information on knowledge of contraception was collected in the survey by asking female and male respondents to name ways or methods by which a couple could delay or avoid pregnancy. If the respondent failed to mention a particular method spontaneously, the interviewer described the method and asked whether the respondent had heard of it. Contraceptive methods are grouped into two types in the table: modern methods, which include female sterilization, male sterilization, the Pill, IUDs, injectables,…...

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