Determinants of Contraceptive Method Choice in Peninsular Malaysia, 1961-1975

by Julie DaVanzo, Tan Boon Ann, Ramli Othman, Jane Peterson

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Abstract

This Note considers the influences on contraceptive use in Peninsular Malaysia over the period 1961-1975, when the contraceptive use rate increased dramatically. It indicates how influences differ among six contraceptive methods. The findings indicate that explanatory variables do not affect the likelihood of use of different contraceptive methods in the same way. Some factors are associated with increased use of certain methods and decreased use of others. Hence, consideration restricted only to the use or nonuse of contraception could mask important differing influences that may affect in turn the effectiveness of contraceptive practice.

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