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Table 1 Socio-demographic, reproductive and obstetric characteristics of reproductive age women in Papua New Guinea, 2016-2018 PGDHS (weighted)

From: Contraceptive discontinuation among women of reproductive age in Papua New Guinea

Variable Freq Percent
Age in 5-year groups
 15–19 137 3.1
 20–24 811 18.6
 25–29 1,124 25.8
 30–34 1,066 24.4
 35–39 751 17.2
 40–44 344 7.9
 45–49 129 3.0
Marital status
 Living together 553 12.7
 Married 3,437 78.8
 Never married/widowed/divorced/separated 371 8.5
Highest educational level
 No education 686 15.7
 Primary 2,220 50.9
 Secondary 1,212 27.8
 Higher 244 5.6
Place of residence
 Urban 700 16.0
 Rural 3,662 84.0
Occupation
 Not working 2,694 61.8
 Working 1,668 38.2
Wealth index
 Poorest 563 12.9
 Poorer 741 17.0
 Middle 872 20.0
 Richer 1,046 24.0
 Richest 1,141 26.2
Region
 Southern region 1,071 24.6
 Highlands region 1,518 34.8
 Momase region 1,071 24.5
 Islands region 702 16.1
Exposure to family planning messages
 No 3,312 75.9
 Yes 1,050 24.1
Knowledge of family planning
 Poor 914 21.0
 Good 3,448 79.0
Information on choice
 No 2,439 55.9
 Yes 1,923 44.1
Decision maker for using contraception
 Mainly respondent 809 18.6
 Mainly husband/partner 435 10.0
 Jointly 2,042 46.8
 Others 1,076 24.7
Births in the last five years
 None 650 14.9
 1 2,129 48.8
 2 +  1,583 36.3
Number of living children
 None 192 4.4
 1 711 16.3
 2 858 19.7
 3 927 21.3
 4 +  1,674 38.4
Desire for more children
 Wants within 2 years 199 4.6
 Wants after 2 + years 824 18.9
 Wants no more children 1,694 38.8
 Undecided 1,645 37.7
Method
 LARC 1,067 24.5
 Pills 469 10.7
 Injectables 1,262 28.9
 Other modern methods including condom 751 17.2
 Traditional method 813 18.6
  1. LARC Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive