Document Type



Institute for Educational Development, East Africa


The increasing use of contraception methods worldwide has allowed couples to choose the number and spacing of their children. Despite impressive achievements, contraceptive use remains low while the need for contraception is high in some of the world's poorest and most populous places. Little is known about the factors contributing to the low utilisation of contraceptives in the Rorya district, particularly among married individuals where the prevalence of contraceptive use was only 28%. A qualitative design was used for six focus group discussions and six in-depth interviews conducted with married individuals to understand the perception of the use of contraceptives in the Rorya District. Respondents believe that contraception is important in reducing the number of pregnancies and improving health, as well as in limiting family size. Interviewees emphasised the need for more accessible outlets for contraceptives. Religious beliefs and myths about contraceptive side effects have been reported to influence contraceptive choice and use. Respondents are aware of the health benefits of contraception for themselves and their children. Limited access, Myth, and religious beliefs continue to influence contraceptive use. Strategies to improve contraceptive use should ensure the availability and accessibility of contraceptives and tailored BCC, especially in low uptake areas.

Publication (Name of Journal)

International Journal of Social Work