Use of Modern Contraceptives Up in 2002 (Preliminary Results from the 2002 Family Planning Survey)

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Monday, October 21, 2002

Thirty-five percent of currently married women are reported using modern family planning methods such as pills, condom, female sterilization, male sterilization, IUD, injection, diaphragm/foam/jelly/ cream, temperature or standard days method this year. In 2001, the level of use of modern methods was 31.1 percent.

The percentage of women using traditional methods declined by 2 percentage points (from 16.4% in 2001 to 13.8% in 2002). This can be attributed to the decrease in the percentage of women using calendar/rhythm (from 10.4% in 2001 to 7.9% in 2002), particularly in Bicol region where only 7.7 percent were reported using the method in 2002 as compared to the previous year�s 15.6 percent. As a result, the contraceptive prevalence rate or the proportion of married women using any family planning method in 2002 declined, although insignificantly, to 48.8 percent from 49.5 percent last year.

The use of pill, which has been the leading family planning method since the 1995 survey, increased from 14.1 percent in 2001 to 15.3 percent this year. Use of female sterilization rose from 10.5 percent to 11.0 percent.

Cagayan Valley and Central Mindanao top all regions on the use of family planning methods with 58.7 percent and 58.5 percent, respectively, of married women using any contraceptive method in 2002. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao continues to have the lowest level of use of family planning methods among the regions at 16.2 percent in 2002.

The 2002 FPS is the seventh in a series of family planning surveys conducted nationwide by the NSO. A total of 29,760 women aged 15-49 years old were interviewed for the 2002 FPS.