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Traditional and Modern Contraceptive Method Use in the Philippines: Trends and Determinants 2003–2013
Authors: Maria Paz Marquez, Maria Midea Kabamalan, and Elma Laguna
Source: Studies in Family Planning, |
Topic(s): Contraception
Family planning
Country: Asia
Published: APR 2018
Abstract: This study examines recent levels, patterns, and determinants of traditional contraceptive method use, based on pooled data from the 2003, 2008, and 2013 Philippines Demographic and Health Surveys. Most contraceptive users in the Philippines rely on modern methods, but over the past ten years traditional method use has continued to account for about a third of all contraceptive use. Results show women in 2003 and 2008 were more likely to use periodic abstinence (rhythm) over modern methods compared with women in 2013, while withdrawal rather than modern methods was preferred more by women in 2013 than in 2003. The characteristics of women who use traditional methods have changed little over the past decade. Knowing the characteristics of traditional contraceptive method users can help establish policies and programs that promote more effective contraceptive use, including encouraging users of traditional contraceptive methods to switch to the more effective modern methods.