Contraceptive Users at Benghazi

Original article


M. M. Legnain 1, R. Singh 2, M. Sabli 1, G.N. Prasunambika 1, R. Anjaneyulu 1

1-Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, G. S.P.L A .J. 2-Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, G. S.P.L.A.J.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol.13, No.1-2. January/July 1990:37-42


The present study analyses the first 2156 women registered at the Fertility Regulation Clinic (FRC), Keesh Polyclinic, Benghazi, since its inauguration in October 1981. This being the only such clinic during the period, the overall contraceptive prevalence rate on 31st December 1984 was 9.3 per 100 reproductive women (15-49 years). Libyan women formed 79.6% of all registered contraceptive users. Two- thirds of women belonged to 21-29 years of age group, or of para 4 and more. Half of the women were educated up to primary level or more and 6 percent were gainfully employed. More than half (50.3%) of the women had a gynaecological or medical disorder and 5.9% had undergone major surgical intervention in the past. One-third of the women had previous experience of using a contraceptive method. The majority of women used oral pills but 3% of the other women preferred an intrauterine device. FRC was serving a dual purpose of restoring maternal health through early detection and management of diseases and promoting maternal and child health by spacing births and termination of the reproductive process.