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School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa


The purpose of the study was to describe the experience of discontinuing hormonal contraceptive use among women in rural Uganda. A significant number of women in Uganda discontinue hormonal contraception even though such method has been effective. Consequently, these women have unprotected sex, although not wanting to conceive. Narrative descriptions of the experiences by eight women were analyzed using content analysis. The findings describe the experience as Frustration and Helplessness, Living in Fear of Uncertainty, Ingenuity of using other methods of contraception, thus fostering the Accomplishments of being a wife, mother, and woman. Implications for nursing practice, research, and education are described.


International Journal for Human Caring

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