Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of postpartum counseling on postpartum contraceptive use.
Methods: One hundred and forty-three women who delivered between 1 January 2004 and 31 September 2004 and counseled about postpartum contraception were included in the study. The participants were interviewed by telephone. Age, gravidity, parity, and mode of delivery of the participants were recorded. Their method of contraception before pregnancy, their decision on the contraceptive method after counseling and the method actually used were asked.
Results: Just after postpartum counseling, 47 women (32.9%) decided to use the intrauterine device (IUD), 23 (16.1%) condoms, 16 (11.2%) progestin injections, 7 (4.9%) oral contraceptives, and 7 (4.9%) coitus interruptus for contraception. Thirty-six women (25.2%) did not decide on any method of use. At the time of the telephone interview the actual method used was learned. Fifty-one women (35.7%) were using coitus interruptus, 45 women (31.5%) condoms, and 14 (9.8%) the IUD. Sixteen women (11.2%) were reported as not using any methods.
Conclusion: In spite of postpartum counseling, a high majority of the women appeared to use traditional and less effective contraceptive methods.