Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
International Family Planning Perspectives
Volume 22, Number 4, December 1996

Examining the Increasing Prevalence of Traditional Contraceptive Methods in Honduras

By David Hubacher, Margarita Suazo, Stanley Terrell and Marco Pinel

The use of traditional methods has risen sharply in Honduras, from 19% of all contraceptive use in 1987 to 26% of prevalence in 1991-1992. A multivariate analysis of data from two national probability sample surveys shows that contraceptive users interviewed in 1991-1992 were significantly more likely to use rhythm than were those interviewed in 1987; reliance on withdrawal was not significantly different between survey years. The following factors all significantly raised the probability that a woman would select rhythm over modern methods-being 40-44 years old, having 0-2 living children, being legally married, living in a rural area, needing to travel more than one hour to a health facility, wanting more children and recently hearing a family planning message over the radio. Those factors that significantly predicted the choice of withdrawal over modern methods included four of the same variables-marriage, residence, travel time and 0-2 living children-plus being younger than 25, having fewer years of education and having eight or more children.

(International Family Planning Perspectives, 22:163-168, 1996)

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