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Title:The Need for Information on Family Planning among Young, Unmarried Women in Mauritius
Authors:Hillcoat-Nalletamby, Sarah
Ragobur, S.
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Mauritius
Indian Ocean islands
Subjects:single women
Health and Nutrition
Women's Issues
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Family Planning and Contraception
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Birth control
Social indicators
reproductive health
Abstract:In Mauritius young women's experience of adolescence is changing rapidly. They are more likely than their parents to be sexually actively before marriage and, as indicators point to a rise in premarital conceptions and adolescent childbearing, it becomes increasingly important to recognize the family planning information needs of this group. Meeting the reproductive rights and health needs of young unmarried women in Mauritius can be difficult. They are often omitted from large-scale studies addressing contraceptive needs and practices. Using a case study approach, with qualitative and quantitative components, this article explores the knowledge of contraceptives and the perceptions of problems associated with their use among a group of young unmarried Mauritian women. Data are from a village community study completed in 1995 and a pilot study completed in 2002. In contrast to married women, young women who have never been married or used contraception are less knowledgeable. However, they do identify various problems associated with the use of supplied methods, including pain and retention in the body, and are concerned that use of hormonal methods may encourage weight gain. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]