Former Soviet countries still eschew contraception

Combined data from a total 2280 respondents to two surveys of married women in rural Armenia found those whose husbands were frequently away for work had low use of the Pill or IUD but a similar rate of induced abortion to those whose husbands were not seasonal migrants.

Armenia has one of the lowest levels of fertility in the world, the researchers said.

There was a need for programs promoting contraception as otherwise, despite their increasing availability, women would not use modern methods, they said.

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