Profile of oral contraceptive and intrauterine device users at Benghazi.

Original article


Singh R, Legnain MM.

Malays J Reprod Health. 1990 Jun;8(1):5-12.


The present study at Benghazi, Libya was carried out to identify the profiles of Oral Contraceptive (OC) and Intrauterine Device (IUD) users and to gain insight into their experiences. Family Planning Files were used to collect information on socio-biological features such as nationality, age, parity, education and employment status, and health status. The group includes 1582 initially registered for pills and 574 women for intrauterine devices out of a total of 72000 cases during the 1st 3 years of establishing a Fertility Regulation Clinic in Benghaze. On the whole clients included 79.6% (1717) Libyans, 61% between 20-29 years (1316), 61% of para 4 or more (1316), about 50% (1092) educated up to primary class 6 or more, mostly housewives, 47.4% (1021) currently had a medical or gynecological disorder, 92.9% (2004) continued contraception for 36 months, 99.2% (2139) were protected against pregnancy and 82.6% (1780) had no side effects. The most common medical and gynecological disorders were varicose veins (42.2%) and cervical erosion (54.8%) respectively. The most common surgery experienced previously was appendectomy (49.6%), cholecystectomy (16.3%) and umbilical herniorrhaphy (13.8%). The proportion of both groups according to nationality or educational status was similar. However, IUD users were of higher age and higher parity compared to OC users. The rates of morbidity, complication, discontinuation and accidental pregnancy were higher among IUD users than OC users; among IUD users 58.8% had a morbid condition, 43.7% had complications, 21.8% discontinued contraceptive use, and 3% experienced accidental pregnancy. women interested in contraception need careful screening, appropriate contraceptive method, specific information about side effects, regular follow up and prompt care. author’s modified

Keywords: Profile of oral contraceptive and intrauterine device users at Benghazi.