Journal Article

“Side effects affected my daily activities a lot”: A qualitative exploration of the impact of contraceptive side effects in Bangladesh

Journal: Open Access Journal of Contraception

Authors: Aparna Jain, Laura Reichenbach, Iqbal Ehsan, Ubaidur Rob

Overview: In a country like Bangladesh that has made great progress in contraceptive use with one of the lowest levels of fertility and highest levels of contraceptive use, understanding what factors influence women’s decisions to discontinue a contraceptive method and not switch to a new method is critical in designing interventions and programs that will help enable Bangladesh to reach its FP2020 goals. Research on side effects has focused on physical manifestations like headaches, moodiness, abdominal pain, and menstrual irregularities. While physical effects alone may stop women from continuing a contraceptive method, less is known about how side effects influence women’s daily activities and lives. The purpose of this study is to understand the ways that side effects affect Bangladeshi women’s participation in different social settings.