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Post-partum events and fertility control in Kinshasa, Zaïre

  • Jane T. Bertrand (a1), C. Chirhamolekwa (a2), B. Djunghu (a2), K. Chibalonza (a2) and K. Mahama (a2)...

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Contraceptive prevalence surveys from sub-Saharan Africa typically show low rates of method use. The current study of one zone in Kinshasa, Zaïre, provides a more detailed view of fertility control in an urban population by examining the relative duration of breast-feeding, amenor-rhoea and sexual abstinence during the post-partum period. While motivations to prevent pregnancy remain high until the youngest child is over 24 months, the average duration of abstinence is only 4 months. This paper describes the methods women use to avoid pregnancy and the changes over the post-partum period.

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