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Acta Medica Medianae
Vol. 45
Number 3, July, 2006
UDK 61
YU ISSN 0365-4478


Olivera Radulovic
Faculty of Medicine
81 Dr Zoran Djindjic Street
18000 Nis, Serbia

Phone:018/ 226-384/102,




Copyright 2006 by Faculty  of Medicine, University of Nis



Olivera Radulovic*, Cedomir Sagric**, Ana Tasic**, Roberta Markovic**and Marijana Bogdanovic ***

Faculty of Medicine of Nis*
Public Health Institute of Nis**
Policlinic of Nis***


Objectives of family planning that are usually mentioned are unwanted pregnancy prevention, extensive population growth reduction, health improvement of women, children and population as a whole.

The study objective was to make an assessment about the state of knowledge and characteristics of using methods for family planning in women of diferente age in the Municipality of Nis. The study included 1584 women aged 15-49. The data were collected  by conducting the poll.
Contraception was defined as the method of family planning mostly by interviewees older than 35 years of age, while this was the least case with interviewees younger than the age of 20. The interviewees younger than the age of 20 usually get information from several sources, the older, from newspapers and media
. The interviewees up to 35 years of age think that condom is the most efficient method of contraception. The interviewees aged 36-49 think that the most efficient method of contraception is the intra-uterus spiral. Most of the interviewees (88.8%) estimate their knowledge about contraception as satisfactory. 81.9% of interviewees, having sexual relations protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy permanently or occasionally. Modern means of contraception are used by 72% of interviewees younger than the age of 20. Interviewees of all age categories mostly make the decision on their own about the contraception use. 35% of interviewees estimate their method of contraception as completely safe. The greatest number of interviewees with intentionally interrupted pregnancies came from the age group 36-49 (53.8%).

Women’s knowledge about family planning and the use of methods of contraception is unsatisfactory. Acta Medica Medianae 2006;45(3):13-19.

Key words
: contraception, family planning, age

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