Usage of Emergency Contraceptives among Female Students and its Associated Factors: Evidence from Higher Learning Institutions in Dodoma, Tanzania
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This study was carried out to fill the information gap on the use of Emergency Contraceptives (ECs) among female undergraduates, taking a case of Dodoma, Tanzania. A purposive sampling method was used to select three higher learning institutions in Dodoma, while simple random sampling method was used to select 295 female undergraduate students. Data were collected using interviews guided by questionnaire. Frequencies and percentages were used to determine the spread and variations of the variables being studied. Chi-square test was used to analyse the association between variables of interest for EC usage. The study found that most of participants (93.9%) had heard of EC, with 61.4% of them being EC users. Very few (14.3%) had received information from health professionals. Moreover, there is inadequate information about the types of ECs used. Also, stigma and culture observed to limit proper information for issues related to usage of ECs. This study recommends that; health service providers should be a leading source of information to all ECs related issues. Also affiliated organs in the higher learning institutions should focus on promoting awareness to their respective communities for reduction of stigma.