n Health SA Gesondheid - Factors influencing adolescent mothers' non-utilisation of contraceptives in the Mkhondo area : research

Volume 11, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1025-9848



This study investigated factors influencing adolescent mothers' non-utilisation of contraceptives in the Mkhondo (previously known as the Piet Retief) area. Although contraceptives are available free of charge, the number of adolescent mothers continues to increase in this area. Questionnaires were completed by 107 adolescent mothers. Many participants (70.0%) lacked knowledge about contraceptives. Subsequent to the birth of their babies, only 59.81% used contraceptives, risking further pregnancies.The findings indicate that adolescents, from the age of 12, should receive education about contraceptives. The availability of contraceptives during weekends could help adolescents to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Health education should be given to the mothers in the Mkhondo area so that they can provide more effective education about contraceptives to their daughters.

Hierdie studie het faktore ondersoek wat bydra tot adolessente moeders se versuim om voorbehoedmiddels te gebruik in die Mkhondo-(voorheen bekend as Piet Retief) area. Alhoewel voorbehoedmiddels gratis beskikbaar is, neem die getal adolessente moeders in hierdie area steeds toe. Vraelyste is deur 107 adolessente moeders voltooi. Heelwat deelnemers (70.0%) het gebrekkige kennis oor kontrasepsie getoon. Na die geboorte van hulle babas het slegs 59.81% kontrasepsie gebruik, wat 'n risiko vir verdere swangerskappe ingehou het. Die bevindinge dui aan dat adolessente, vanaf 12-jarige ouderdom, onderrig oor kontrasepsie behoort te ontvang. Die beskikbaarheid van voorbehoedmiddels gedurende naweke kan adolessente help om onbeplande swangerskappe te voorkom. Gesondheidsvoorliging moet aan die moeders in die Mkhondo-area verskaf word sodat hulle meer effektiewe onderrig oor kontrasepsie aan hulle dogters kan oordra.

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