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Determinants of Modern Contraceptive Utilization among Women of Reproductive Age in Cambodia
Authors: Davy Hut, Natnapa Heebkaew Patchasuwan, Kittipong Sornlorm, and Wongsa Laohasiriwong
Source: Medico Legal Update, Vol. 21, No. 2; DOI:
Topic(s): Contraception
Country: Asia
Published: MAR 2021
Abstract: Background: Contraceptive uptake remains a public health concern in Cambodia. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the modern contraceptive use pattern and its associated factors among women of reproductive age in Cambodia. Method: A cross-sectional study used the data from the Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey. This survey adopted a two-stage stratified random sampling process to select respondents to respond a structured questionnaire interview. The multiple logistic regression was applied to determine the association. Results: Of the total 7,606 women, 51.04% used modern contraceptives. The multivariable analysis indicated the use of modern contraceptives was strongly associated with fertility preferences, ideal number of children, number of living children, husband’s desire for children, age at first marriage, number of induced abortions, and marriage to a first birth interval. Health service factors including sources of family planning information, visited health facilities, inaccessibility to health service as well as sociodemographic factors such as women’s age, occupation, and geographical regions also significantly associated with modern contraceptive use. Conclusions: About half of women in Cambodia used modern contraceptives. Reproductive, health service and sociodemographic factors were essential for modern contraceptive utilization.