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Table 2 Fertility and decision making characteristics of married or in union reproductive age women in Ethiopia, 2016

From: Factors associated with long acting and permanent contraceptive methods use in Ethiopia

Variable Frequency Percent
Knowledge of ovulatory period
 During her period 352 3.9
 After period ended 2518 27.6
 Middle of the cycle 2093 22.9
 Before period begins 661 7.2
 At any time 1894 20.7
 Do not know 1610 17.6
History of abortion
 No 8148 89.3
 Yes 979 10.7
Pregnancy can occur after birth and before period
 No 3349 36.7
 Yes 5183 56.8
Do not know 595 6.5
Fertility preference
 Have another 5084 55.7
 Undecided 460 5.0
 No more 3376 37.0
 Other 206 2.3
Ideal number of children
 No child 720 7.9
 1–5 4327 47.4
  > 5 2926 32.1
 Non numeric 1155 12.7
Concordance on number of children
 Both wants same 3579 39.4
 Husband wants more 2341 25.8
 Husband wants fewer 662 7.3
 Do not know 2503 27.6
Number of children ever born
 No child 667 7.3
 1–4 4688 51.4
  > 4 3771 41.3
Number of living children
 No living child 709 7.8
 1–3 children 4031 44.2
 4 or more children 4387 48.1
Age at first cohabitation
  ≤ 19 years 7224 79.1
 20–24 years 1476 16.2
 25–29 330 3.6
 30 or more 97 1.1
Decision maker on the respondent’s health care
 Respondent alone 1434 15.7
 Respondent & partner 6029 66.1
 Partner alone 1623 17.8
 Other 41 0.4
Decision maker on large household purchase
Respondent alone
 Respondent & partner 993 10.9
 Partner alone 6181 67.7
Other 1912 20.9
40 0.4
Decision maker to visit family or relatives
 Respondent alone 1670 18.3
 Respondent & partner 6007 65.8
 Partner alone 1422 15.6
 Other 28 0.3
Decision maker on what to do with husband money
 Respondent alone 636 7.0
 Respondent & partner 6291 68.9
 Partner alone 1998 21.9
 Other 148 1.6
Decision maker on respondent’s first marriage
 Self 3215 35.2
 Parents 5536 60.7
 Other 376 4.1