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Fertility continues to decline in Philippines.

Type
Published Article
Journal
DHS+ dimensions : a biannual newsletter of the Demographic and Health Surveys project
Publication Date
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
8–8
Identifiers
PMID: 12349604
Source
Medline
Keywords
  • Asia
  • Contraception
  • Contraceptive Usage
  • Delivery Of Health Care
  • Demographic Factors
  • Developing Countries
  • Family Planning
  • Fertility
  • Fertility Decline
  • Health
  • Health Services
  • National Health Services
  • Philippines
  • Population
  • Population Dynamics
  • Southeastern Asia
  • Technical Report

Abstract

During the National Dissemination Seminar of the 1998 Philippine National Demographic and Health Survey, panelists highlighted the national decline in fertility from 4.1 children/woman in 1990-93 to 3.7 in 1995-98. This decline is accompanied by an increase in contraceptive use, with traditional methods accounting to 40% of all contraception used. Prevalence of contraceptive use is 47%, with female sterilization as the most common method. However, there still exists a 40% contraceptive discontinuation, which was largely attributed to contraceptive failure resulting to unplanned pregnancy. In response, the National Seminar planned the implementation of workshops at the regional level to present survey findings and elicit feedback on the implications and possible solutions to the problems encountered. Furthermore, analyses studies are underway on fertility preferences and the transition of the two child norms, and contraceptive use dynamics.

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