Survey of attitudes regarding natural family planning in an urban Hispanic population

Contraception. 2006 Oct;74(4):313-7. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2006.05.075. Epub 2006 Aug 2.


Methods: We performed a cross-sectional survey of 357 reproductive-aged women, mostly Hispanic (81.8%), presenting for ambulatory and hospital reproductive care in Phoenix, AZ, about their interest in natural family planning (NFP). Participants completed questionnaires, and responses were analyzed to determine predictors of interest in NFP.

Results: Sixty-one percent stated that they were likely or very likely to use NFP to avoid pregnancy, and 50% would use NFP to achieve pregnancy. Of factors studied, Hispanic ethnicity, lower level of acculturation, less education and recent use of condoms or withdrawal were independently associated with interest in using NFP to avoid pregnancy. Younger age and desire for future pregnancy were independently predictive of potential NFP use to achieve pregnancy.

Conclusion: This study suggests that Hispanic women find NFP to be an appealing family planning alternative.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude*
  • Contraception Behavior / psychology
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Natural Family Planning Methods / methods
  • Natural Family Planning Methods / psychology*
  • United States
  • Urban Population