Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Family Planning Perspectives
Volume 27, Number 5, September/October 1995

Characteristics of Injectable Contraceptive Users In a Low-Income Population in Texas

By Haleh Sangi-Haghpeykar, Alfred N. Poindexter 3rd, Deana C. Moseley, Louise Bateman and Eladio D. Reid

Among 600 women at 17 family planning clinics in Texas who expressed interest in using the hormonal injectable depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), 536 (89%) actually received the injectable. Thirty percent of the DMPA recipients were younger than 21 and 77% were not married. The average numbers of pregnancies and births were 1.9 and 1.2 per woman; one-third of the women had had at least one abortion. The majority of women receiving DMPA (66%) were using it to space births. Their main sources of information about the method were friends (42%) and health care providers (37%), and the most commonly reported reason for its use was dissatisfaction with previous contraceptive methods.

(Family Planning Perspectives, 27:208-211 & 225, 1995)

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