Rapid population growth, untended pregnancy, and related consequences remain the concern of Sub-Saharan African countries, including Ethiopia. Despite this, long-acting reversible contraceptives methods are still underutilised and no studies have sought the factors in this study setting. Therefore, this study conducted to assess the prevalence and determining factors of long-acting reversible contraceptives utilisation following an abortion in Northern Ethiopia.
Facility-based cross-sectional study design was employed. A total of340 post aborted women selected by a systematic sampling method from August 1 to October 30, 2018. Data were entered into Epi-Info version 7 software and exported to SPSS version 20 for analysis. Both bivariate and multivariate logistic regression models were used to identify factors associated with the outcome variable.
The overall post-abortion long-acting reversible contraceptives utilisation was 57(16.76%) with 47(82.46%) implantand 10 (17.54%) intrauterine devices. Age range 20–29 years (AOR = 0.09, 95% CI 0.02–0.37), employed (AOR = 5.22, 95% CI 1.99–13.67), had ≥2 alive children (AOR = 7.02, 95% CI 1.58–31.23), induced abortion (AOR = 8.41, 95% CI 3.28–21.59), surgical abortion (AOR = 5.99, 95% CI 2.25–15.94), previous awareness (AOR = 3.18, 95% CI 1.14–8.82) and history of prior utilisation (AOR = 3.59, 95% CI 1.08–11.97) were the factors significantly associated with utilisation of post-abortion long-acting reversible contraceptives.
Long-acting reversible contraceptive methods level of utilisation following an abortion in this study was low. Advocating and raising awareness should always consider on benefits and effectiveness of long-acting reversible contraceptives for all type of abortion and methods of termination as an integral part of reproductive health care services.