Research on reasons for family planning nonuse in Nigeria generally points to women's perceived lack of need for contraception, fear of side effects and opposition to contraception on personal or religious grounds(NPC, 2004).Less is known about the circumstances surroundingwomen's unwanted pregnancies and their reasons for seeking to terminate some of these pregnancies. The limited evidence available from small studies in various parts of Nigeriagenerally points to such reasons as a wish to space births, economic constraints, the desire toremain in school and not being married (Oye-Adeniran et al., 2004).The purpose of this study isto examine the current incidence of unwanted pregnancy among women of reproductive age ineight states in Nigeria and to explore the factors associated with it. We utilize an approach that isdesigned to minimize underreporting and to elicit reports of all unwanted pregnancies, regardlessof their outcomes. In addition, we explore women's reasons for not wanting a pregnancy, the barriers they face to effective contraceptive use, and their use of abortion to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Furthermore, we examine the level of risk of unwanted pregnancy and the reasonsgiven for not practicing contraception by women who are at risk.Several studies have reported changes in Nigerians' knowledge of and attitudes toward family planning. These studies, however, did not examine the association between attitudes towardcontraception and its use.Although studies have examined aspects of these issues in certain partsof Nigeria, this study provides a more comprehensive analysis of the circumstances aroundunintended pregnancies and the use of contraception. A better understanding of the underlyingand more immediate factors associated with unwanted pregnancy can inform the development of programmes and policies that will help couples avoid unwanted or mistimed pregnancies
The main objective of the study is to examine the knowledge and use of contraception amongwomen in Obudu and Ogoja Local Government Areas of Cross River States, Nigeria.Specifically the study seeks to:
Ascertain the women’s knowledge about contraception.
Identify the types of contraception that they know.
Examine how background socio demographic characteristics affect their use of contraception.
Explore how knowledge influences the use of contraception.
Identify other factors that influence knowledge and use of contraception.