The association between recent sexual activity and the use of modern contraceptive methods among married/cohabiting women in Indonesia

  • Agung Dwi Laksono
    National Institute of Health Research and Development, the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Ratna Dwi Wulandari
    Faculty of Public Health, Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia.
  • Ratu Matahari
    Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


Background: Modern contraceptive methods are considered more reliable for preventing and spacing pregnancy than traditional methods in sexual activity. The study aimed to analyze the association between recent sexual activity and the use of modern contraceptive methods among married/cohabiting women in Indonesia.

 The samples used were married/cohabiting women aged 15-49 years old. The sample size was 34,467 women. The variables analyzed included modern contraceptive use, recent sexual activity, age groups, marital status, education level, and wealth status. Analysis using multinomial logistic regression.

 It was found that women who were sexually not active last 4 weeks had the likely to use modern contraceptive non-LARC (long-acting reversible contraceptives) 0.416 times compared to women who were sexually active last 4 weeks. Women who were sexually active last 4 weeks were more likely to use modern contraceptive LARC 0.535 times than women who were sexually active last 4 weeks. The results of this analysis inform that women who are sexually active last 4 weeks have a higher possibility to use modern contraceptives, both non-LARC and LARC types.

 Based on the results of the research analysis it could be concluded that recent sexual activity was associated with modern contraceptive use among married/cohabiting women in Indonesia.


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