n Health SA Gesondheid - Contraceptive practices of women in Northern Tshwane, Gauteng Province : research

Volume 9, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1025-9848
  • E-ISSN: 2071-9736



Despite the availability of free contraceptives in the Republic of South Africa (RSA), unwanted and unintended pregnancies continue to pose challenges to reproductive health services. Structured interviews were conducted with 83 women in the Northern Tshwane area of the Gauteng Province about their contraceptive practices. All the participants could gain more knowledge about the effective use of modern contraceptives. Knowledge about emergency contraceptives was extremely limited. Although most participants knew about legalised termination of pregnancy services in the RSA, they did not know how to access these services. The recommendations address ways in which contraceptive services could be improved.

Alhoewel voorbehoedmiddels vrylik beskikbaar is in die Republiek van Suid-Afrika (RSA), bied ongewenste en onbeplande swangerskappe steeds uitdagings aan voortplantingsgesondheidsdienste. Gestruktureerde onderhoude is met 83 vroue in die Noord-Tshwane-gebied van die Gauteng Provinsie gevoer oor hulle voorbehoedpraktyke. Al die deelnemers kon meer kennis bekom oor die doeltreffende gebruik van moderne voorbehoedmiddels. Kennis oor noodvoorbehoeding was uiters beperk. Alhoewel die meeste deelnemers geweet het van wettige swangerskapterminasiedienste in die RSA, het hulle nie geweet hoe om toegang tot die dienste te bekom nie. Die aanbevelings spreek wyses aan waarop voorbehoeddienste verbeter kan word.

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