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Advanced reproductive age and childbearing choices in Nigeria
Authors: Bola Lukman Solanke
Source: Health Care for Women International, 38(6):640-657; DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2017.1297449k
Topic(s): Maternal health
Reproductive health
Country: Africa
Published: JUN 2017
Abstract: This study examined the relationship between advanced reproductive age and childbearing choices measured by ideal family size, contraceptive use, and unmet need for contraception. Data were extracted from the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey. The multinomial logistic regression was applied. Results showed that a majority of the women had large ideal family sizes; were not using any method of contraception; and nearly one-fifth of the women had unmet needs for contraception. Results further showed significant associations between advanced reproductive age and childbearing choices. Public health intervention to boost awareness of consequences of childbearing at an advanced reproductive age in Nigeria is imperative.