Fertility Preference in Older Women: Effect of Place of Residence and Use of Contraceptives in Nigeria

  • AKEJU, Kemi Funlayo Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti Department of Economics Faculty of the Social Sciences Ekiti State, Nigeria.

Abstract

This paper explores fertility preference and its associated factors among older Nigerian women within the reproductive ages 40 to 49. It considers the impact of proximate factors of place, wealth, education, use of contraceptives, and other associated factors on fertility preference. Using Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS 2018) data, responses of 1357women of ages 40-49 years in the couples recode file were considered. Fertility preference is measured by “the desire for another child”. We use descriptive statistics and logistic regression to identify the associating factors and impacts of identified explanatory variables on the desire for another child. Result revealed up to 25% of women within ages 40-49 desire to have another child while 35% uses contraceptives. The desire by older women to have another child is higher in the rural areas than in urban areas while more than 50% with desire for another child have no education and are found practising Islam. Logistic regression result indicates that older women not using contraceptive have higher odd ratio with the desire for another child, those in urban areas have lower odd ratio while women in the Northeast and the Northwest have more than 2.5 chance of desiring for another child than those in the Southwest. This study concludes that the desire for pregnancy at later end of reproductive years must be controlled through women's education and community-based sensitization programs.
Keywords: Fertility preference, Desire for another child, Use of contraceptives, Place of residence, Older women.

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Funlayo, A. K. (2021, March 4). Fertility Preference in Older Women: Effect of Place of Residence and Use of Contraceptives in Nigeria. International Journal of Social Sciences Perspectives, 8(1), 25-30. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.33094/7.2017.2021.81.25.30
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