Journal of Women's Health Care

Journal of Women's Health Care
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-0420



Knowledge, Attitude and Utilization towards Emergency Contraceptive among Preparatory Students of Mizan High School Students, Bench-Maji Zone, South West, Ethiopia, 2016

Yayehyirad Yemaneh, Tesfaye Abera, Dejene Hailu, Lelisa Chewaka, Wondessen Nigussie, Gelana Dinka, Mensur Nesru and Sisay Tulu

Background: Emergency contraceptive (EC) is a type of modern contraception which is indicated after unprotected sexual intercourse, following sexual abuse, misuse of regular contraceptive or non-use of contraception. Use of Emergency contraceptive (EC) with in a defined time period could prevent unwanted pregnancy and its damaging consequences like unintended child birth and unsafe abortion.
Objective: The objective of this study was to assess knowledge, attitude and practice of Emergency contraceptive utilization among preparatory students in Mizan, Bench-Maji Zone, SNNP RS, and South West Ethiopia.
Methods: An Institutional Based Descriptive cross-sectional study design was employed from April 23rd to May 8th 2016 in Mizan High school. The total sample size is 380 and it was determined by using a single population proportion formula. By using roaster or attendance as sample frame, proportional number of female students was selected by using simple random sampling technique (lottery method). The collected data were cleaned, and coded manually by the principal investigators before the actual data analysis started then the data was tallied, tabulated and calculated by using scientific calculator and frequency and percentage were presented by using tables, graphs and charts.
Result: The age of study participants ranged from 15-25. The finding of this study revealed that 266 (73.3%) of the respondents had ever heard about emergency contraceptive, 34.6% had good knowledge, 63.8% had positive attitude towards emergency contraceptive and 83 (31.7%) had utilized emergency contraceptive.
Conclusion: In this study Most of the respondent’s level of knowledge about Emergency Contraceptives (EC) is low. But most of them have positive attitude towards Emergency Contraceptives (EC) and have high utilization of Emergency contraceptives (EC).