Unwanted pregnancy was an important public health issue in developed and developing countries. In Ethiopia, the estimates of unwanted pregnancy indicate that it was one of the major reproductive health problems with all its adverse outcomes.
The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of unwanted pregnancy and its associated factors among pregnant women attending Antenatal Care at Durame Maternal and Child Health center, Southern Ethiopia, 2018./Institution based cross-sectional study design was used. The study period was from April 21, 2018, July 20, 2018. The study includes 385 pregnant women were selected by systematic sampling method who visited Durame maternal and child health center. A structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Data was entered and analyzed using SPSS 20. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were used to assess the association and declare significance of the associations (p-0.05). Among surveyed respondents, 103 (26.8%) of them had unwanted pregnancies. number of pregnancy (AOR 0.092 95%CI (0.037, 0.229)), taking family planning by instruction (AOR 3.6 95%CI (1.59, 8.24)) and number of children for your life (AOR 2.80 95%CI (1.19, 6.60)) were among significantly associated factors with unwanted pregnancy. The study indicate that unwanted pregnancy is one of the prevalent reproductive health problems in the study area. Family health planners in Durame town should consider enhancing counseling for better contraceptives use, promoting modern contraceptives and increasing men involvement in family planning.
Keywords: Prevalence, Unwanted pregnancy, associated factors, Ethiopia.