Contraceptive methods used in Istanbul and factors affecting method choice and continuation

Academic Article


  • This paper presents and discusses the results of a collaborative research to investigate use of modern versus traditional contraceptive methods in a new settlement area in Istanbul. Two lay interviewers administered a questionnaire to a total of 867 women on current and past contraceptive use. 90% (778) of the 867 currently nonpregnant women of mean age 31.4 years were using a method of contraception at the time of the study. The majority of women practicing contraception (46%) employed withdrawal, alone or in combination, followed by 29% who used an IUD. Among ever-users, withdrawal and IUD remain the two most common methods. The use of these methods was found to be unrelated to age, family size, or education, but there was a negative association of withdrawal use and a positive association of permanent method use with long-term residence in Istanbul. Contraception is widely acknowledged in Turkey. Almost every woman has heard of every method. People believe that there are side effects, and some side effects may actually be occurring, as also supported by the present data. In this community, despite the high failure rate of withdrawal, it appears that convenience and cleanliness of the method also play important roles in the choice. (author's modified)
  • Authors

    Published In

  • Nufusbilim Dergisi  Journal
  • Author List

  • Bulut A; Yolsal N; Kayaturk F; Nalbant H; Molzan J; Filippi V; Marshal T; Graham W
  • Start Page

  • 3
  • End Page

  • 19
  • Volume

  • 17-18