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Table 4 Sexual and reproductive health knowledge and behaviours among married girls and girls aged 15–19 years in the study area

From: Adolescent girls’ health, nutrition and wellbeing in rural eastern India: a descriptive, cross-sectional community-based study

  N %
Heard of contraception (n = 1547) 464 30.0
Types of contraception heard about (n = 464) a
 Regular oral contraceptive pills 425 91.6
 Injection 98 21.1
 Condom 100 21.6
 Female sterilisation 66 14.2
 Male sterilisation 57 12.3
 Emergency contraceptive pills 34 7.3
 IUD 27 5.8
 Withdrawal 13 2.8
Sources of information on contraception (n = 464) a
 Teacher 128 27.6
 Mother 103 22.2
 Brother in-law 78 16.8
 Sister 88 19
 Husband 56 12.1
 Other family members 206 44.4
 Friends or neighbours 390 84.1
 Books, newspapers or magazines 59 12.7
 Television 103 22.2
Correct knowledge about oral contraceptive pills (n = 675) 162 24.0
Correct knowledge about condoms (n = 363) 162 44.6
Correct knowledge about IUDs (n = 182) 69 37.9
Knowledge about legality of abortion (n = 1547)
 Thinks abortion is legal 104 6.7
 Thinks abortion is not legal 1302 84.2
 Does not know or cannot say 141 9.1
Ever been pregnant (n = 1547) 138 8.9
Had a pregnancy before age 18 (n = 138) 94 68.1
First pregnancy wanted or unwanted (n = 138)
 Neither mother nor father wanted the pregnancy 6 4.4
 Only mother wanted pregnancy 2 1.5
 Only father wanted pregnancy 3 2.2
 Both mother and father wanted pregnancy 127 92.0
You or your husband ever used methods to prevent or delay pregnancy (n = 341) 34 10.0
  1. a Participants selected one or more options as appropriate, IUD intrauterine device