Barrier to contraceptive use among childbearing age women in rural Indonesia

Malays Fam Physician. 2021 Sep 5;16(3):16-22. doi: 10.51866/oa1020. eCollection 2021 Nov 30.


Introduction: The contraceptive prevalence rate in Indonesia has not experienced much improvement, which has led to an increase in the number of pregnancies. This study aimed to analyse the barriers to contraception use among women of childbearing age in rural Indonesia.

Methods: This study used a cross-sectional design with data from the Indonesian Demographic and Health Survey (IDHS) of 2017. The independent variables were age, employment status, education, marital status, wealth status, health insurance and parity. The dependent variable was the use of contraception. The statistical significance was set at p <0.05 using bivariate analysis and binary logistic regression.

Results: The study showed that the age group of 45-49 years (OR 0.199; 95% CI 0.149-0.266), secondary education (OR 2.227; 95% CI 2.060-2.514), women married/living with their partner (OR 43.752; 95% CI: 35.484-53.946), wealth status: middle (OR 1.492; 95% CI 1.400-1.589) and multipara (OR 2.524; 95% CI: 2.328-2.737) exhibited the increased use of contraception among women of childbearing age in rural Indonesia.

Conclusion: The variables proven to represent obstacles to contraceptive use among women of childbearing age in rural Indonesia include old age, no education, no husband/partner, poverty and already having one child.

Keywords: Barrier; contraceptive; rural; women of childbearing age.