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Table 2 Family planning methods discussed by focus group discussion participants

From: Being ready, willing and able: understanding the dynamics of family planning decision-making through community-based group discussions in the Northern Region, Ghana

Contraceptive methods mentioned by one or more participanta Participant types
Mothersd Fathers Young girls Young boys Elders
Injection ++-+ -+++ -++- ++++ ++++
Oral contraceptivesb +--+ +-+- --++ +-+- -++-
Emergency contraception ---- -+-- ---- ---- ----
Implant +--+ +--+ ---- --++ ---+
Condom +--- ++++ -+-- ++++ -+++
Vasectomy ---- ---- ---- ---- ---+
Tubectomy ---- ---- ---- ---- ----
Periodic abstinencec ---- ---- ++-- -+-- ----
Withdrawal ---- ---+ +--- ---- ----
  1. aCell entries “+” indicate that the method was mentioned while “-” indicates that the method was not mentioned by group participants in the community A and community B communities of Kumbungu District and community C and community D communities of Gushiegu District, respectively
  2. bPills that the user inserts or swallows
  3. c“Periodic abstinence” refers to the rhythm/calendar method. However, abstinence for a long period (2 to 4 years) until the child is older was also mentioned as a method
  4. dCommunity C mothers mentioned medicines and family planning in general; they did not mention specific methods. In all sessions, no direct attempts were made to probe for knowledge of specific methods