Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
International Family Planning Perspectives
Volume 21, Number 1, March 1995

The Pattern of IUD Use in Vietnam

By Do Trong Hieu, Hoang Ti Van, Peter J. Donaldson and Quan Le Nga

A 1993 study to examine the pattern of IUD use in three provinces of Vietnam questioned 2,996 women who first used an IUD between 1981 and 1992. Results suggest a high continuation rate--81% at 12 months--and a low failure rate; about 3% of women experience accidental pregnancy after 12 months of use. Among reasons for termination, expulsion is the most common and is reported more frequently than in other countries; approximately 9% of users say they expel their IUD within 12 months. Health problems are the second most common reason, cited by about 7% of women who terminate use. No data were collected on the type of IUD used or on respondents' characteristics at the time of insertion.

(International Family Planning Perspectives, 21:6-10, 1995)

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