Factors Associated With Men’s Low Participation in Postpartum Family Planning at Kawolo Hospital, Buikwe District

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Uganda Christian University
Postpartum contraceptive use is not only important to reduce unintended pregnancies but also pregnancies that are too closely spaced. Male participation focuses on the involvement of males in at least one of the following activities: discussion or spousal communication, support approval, and contraceptive use of the Husband. The study assessed the factors associated with Low Participation of Men in Postpartum Family Planning in Kawolo Hospital, Buikwe District. The study employed an analytical cross-sectional study design involving collection of quantitative data with a sample of 371 study participants. Data was collected using questionnaires. The study employed Spss for data entry, cleaning and analysis. Out of the 371-sample size of the study, the response rate amounted to 350(94.4%). The study found out that Individual Factors associated with Men’s Participation in Postpartum Family Planning in reference to the expected number of children (2-4 children 57.1%), (64% were in a polygamous relationship) and respondents went to school was at 78%). Furthermore, male participation in postpartum family planning was substantially correlated with approval of family planning usage, understanding of family planning, and information source. Comparing respondents who permitted family planning usage at home to those who did not, it was found out that those who approved were more likely to utilize family planning services. The study concluded that the level of male Participation in postpartum family planning is low and there are some areas that need to be improved both by the government and other non-governmental organizations in trying to increase the postpartum family planning.