Title: Prevalence and Factors Associated with Unwanted Pregnancies among Female Students between 15 and 35 Years at Kampala International University Western Campus Ishaka Bushenyi
Author(s): Ampaire Egidius
Year 2024
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An unwanted pregnancy is either mistimed or unwanted at the time of conception. It was a core concept in
understanding the fertility of populations and the unmet need for contraception. In this context, low use of
contraception and high rates of maternal mortality make preventing unwanted pregnancies critical. The study
conducted by Global Health Action in 2018 revealed that the non-use of contraception among Ugandan
university students differs for men and women. A systematic sampling method was used to select 300
participants, of whom all female students taking health science courses were selected. This study was an
institutional-based cross-sectional study. The study showed that having good knowledge of contraceptive use
at an odds ratio of 0.91 (0.24–1.47) and a p-value of 0.001 and proper use of contraceptives at a p-value of 0.004
and an odds ratio of 0.60 (0.36–6.67) were significant factors in reducing unwanted pregnancies. The study
recommends that students should be encouraged to use family planning to reduce the occurrence of unwanted
pregnancies. There should be continued sensitization of students about unwanted pregnancies and the dangers
of early sex involvement