Objectives This paper explores the presence of sex preference and its influence on contraceptive use among the Garo, a matrilineal community, of Bangladesh. Methods In this study, 223 currently married Garo women were interviewed, selected purposively from two districts of Bangladesh, where most of the Garo people live. A binary logistic regression model was fitted to explore the determinants of current use of contraceptives among the Garo community. Results About 80 of the Garo women were currently using contraceptive methods, which was much higher than the contraceptive prevalence at the national level 55.8. However, the use of modern male methods was very low in that community. Regression analysis revealed that the strong preference for girls was a significant determinant of contraceptive use. Conclusions Even though the Garo apply contraception more than the Bangladeshi community in general, their strong preference for girls may restrain its success. Family planning information can be designed so as not to challenge the matrilineal structure of the society and both spouses counselled together to promote also modern male methods.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Nov 2009|
- Contraceptive use
- Logistic regression
- Matrilineal societies
- Sex preference