Efficacy of withdrawal method and the importance of education level

  • Sadettin Güngör
  • İskender Başer
  • Ümit Göktolga
  • Eşber Özkömür
  • Uğur Keskin

Received Date: 20.07.2005 Accepted Date: 27.12.2005 Gulhane Med J 2006;48(1):8-10

The aim of our study was to evaluate the usage of the withdrawal method and interaction of the education degree on the efficacy of this method in women who applied to Gulhane Military Medical Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Family Planning Unit. A questionnarie form was performed to 472 women who applied to our Family Planning Unit to take consultancy about birth control methods. The data analysis was performed with SPSS 11.0 program. The percentage of women who use the withdrawal method as a birth control method any time in their life was 68.6%. Fourteen point four percent of these women was still using the withdrawal method by that time. The percentage of getting pregnant while using the withdrawal method was 38.1%. The percentage of getting pregnant in women who went to school less than five years was 63.3%. On the other hand for the women whose education level was more than twelve years, getting pregnant while using coitus interruptus was 12.3%. Although modern contraception methods are currently present, the withdrawal method is still an important method in our country. The effectiveness of the withdrawal method is increasing parallel with educational level, so that the method can be used in couples whose educational background is more satisfactory.

Keywords: Education, withdrawal method, contraception