Educational status on contraception in medical students

Educational status on contraception in medical students

C. Demir,

S. Buyukkurt, O. Kadayifci, M. Onbasioglu, I.F. Urunsak, A.B. Guzel

University of

Cukurova School of Medicine, Adana, Turkey

Objective We wanted to evaluate,

prospectively the educational status on contraception in our medical student


Design and methods We prepared a questionnaire which interrogates

the source of contraception knowledge and asks some questions to evaluate the

educational status. We randomly selected the students in every class in

University of Çukurova School of Medicine and invited them to answer these


Results Three hundred fifty three students had accepted to answer

the questionnaire. One hundred and fifty one of the students who had answered

the questions (42,78 %) were female and 252 (57,22 %) were male. Mean age was

20,60 ± 1, 82. Three hundred fourteen (88,95 %) students answered that they

had some knowledge on contraception and the major sources for their knowledge

were school and friends. Condom is the leading choice for their contraception

(84 %) and condom is a well known contraceptive method in our study population.

They choose condom, because it’s cheap and easy to use. Emergency contraception

is not a well known method in our study population. One hundred eighty eight

(53,26 %) of the students have no idea about this method. Intrauterine device

and oral contraceptive pills are commonly used methods for contraception; but

they are not well known in our study group as well.

Conclusions Our study

population has a critical importance because medical students will be the health

care providers in the future but now they are adolescents and they need health

care. We should carefully manage the education on contraception in medical

schools not only for the students but also for the public health.

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