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Expanding family planning options: offering the Standard Days Method™ to women in Istanbul
  1. Sibel Kalaca, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor1,
  2. Dilsad Cebeci, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor1,
  3. Sanda Cali, MD, Professor1,
  4. Melda Karavus, MD, Professor1,
  5. Irit Sinai, PhD2 and
  6. Victoria Jennings, PhD, Professor2
  1. School of Medicine, Department of Public Health, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
  2. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sibel Kalaca, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health, Marmara University, 34668 Haydarpasa, Istanbul, Turkey. Tel: +90 216 414 94 57. Fax: +90 216 414 47 31. E-mail: sibelkal{at}superonline.com

Abstract

Background This study introduced the Standard Days Method™ (SDM), a fertility awareness-based method of family planning, to couples in a region of Istanbul, Turkey who were using a method of low effectiveness or no family planning method. The objective was to determine potential demand for, and satisfaction with, the SDM.

Methods A total of 657 couples were selected by systematic sampling and offered the SDM. Those accepting this method were interviewed 1 and 3 months after starting the SDM.

Results Some 47% of the participants were satisfied with the method and intended to continue using it.

Conclusions Potential demand for the SDM was 80.3% (278/346 eligible women) among couples who were using a method of low effectiveness or no family planning method. Our results suggest that adding the SDM to the contraceptive method mix may benefit Turkish women.

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  • Accepted October 26, 2004.

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