Influence of multiple antenatal counselling sessions on modern contraceptive uptake in Nigeria

Abiodun I. Adanikin, Uche Onwudiegwu, Olabisi M. Loto

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Objective To determine the influence of multiple contraceptive counselling sessions during antenatal care on use of modern postpartum contraception. Method A total of 216 eligible pregnant women were randomised into antenatal and postnatal counselling groups. The 'Antenatal group' received one-to-one antenatal contraceptive counselling on several occasions while the 'Postnatal group' received a single one-to-one contraceptive counselling session at the sixth week postnatal check, as is routinely practised. All participants were contacted six months postpartum by telephone or personal visit, and questioned about their contraceptive use, if any. Results More women who had multiple antenatal contraceptive counselling sessions used modern contraceptive methods than those who had a single postnatal counselling session (57% vs. 35%; p = 0.002). There was also a significantly more frequent use of contraception among previously undecided patients in the Antenatal group (p = 0.014). Conclusion Multiple antenatal contraceptive counselling sessions improve the use of modern postpartum contraception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-387
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care
Issue number5
Early online date25 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Antenatal
  • Counselling
  • Modern contraception
  • Postnatal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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