Expanding family planning options: offering the Standard Days Method™ to women in Istanbul
- Sibel Kalaca, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor1,
- Dilsad Cebeci, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor1,
- Sanda Cali, MD, Professor1,
- Melda Karavus, MD, Professor1,
- Irit Sinai, PhD2 and
- Victoria Jennings, PhD, Professor2
- School of Medicine, Department of Public Health, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA
- 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:
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.
- Accepted October 26, 2004.
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