• Journal Article

User Characteristics and Oral Contraceptive Compliance in Egypt

Citation

Trottier, D. A., Potter, L. S., Taylor, B. A., & Glover, L. H. (1994). User Characteristics and Oral Contraceptive Compliance in Egypt. Studies in Family Planning, 25(5), 284-292.

Abstract

Results from the 1988 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey show that many women are not taking oral contraceptives in a manner that ensures full protection by the method. Reports from 1,258 current pill users show a range of incorrect use; 63 percent of women surveyed reported an interruption in their use of the pill in the past month, and of those women, only 40 percent took the correct action when they missed a pill. The majority (89 percent) did not wait the correct number of days between packs. Multivariate analysis revealed that rural women were more likely to take pills out of sequence, compared with their urban counterparts. Failure to take a pill within the previous month was strongly associated with the experience of side effects. The younger women surveyed were more likely to know the correct interval between pill packs than were older women; and women who wanted more children were more likely to know the correct interval than those who did not. The use patterns exhibited by the pill users may be the result of their receiving confusing, incorrect, or incomplete information, and highlight the need to provide women with accurate, updated, and comprehensible information about oral contraceptives