Background: Increasing access to family planning helps to ensure the reproductive right, decrease unintended pregnancy, improve the health and nutritional status of children, reduction of maternal mortality, and enhance longer birth spacing . There is continually low utilization of long-acting and permanent contraceptive methods among low and middle-income countries. The aim of this study was to assess the Utilization of Long-Acting and permanent Contraceptive methods and associated factors among Women of Reproductive Age in the West Guji Zone.
Methods: Hospital-based cross-sectional design was conducted among women of reproductive age in the West Guji Zone. A systematic random sampling method was used to select study subjects for the survey with a sample size of 507. Descriptive analysis was utilized to summarize the data while logistic regression to assess factors influencing the utilization of Long-Acting and permanent Contraceptive methods use. Statistical significance was declared for variables outcomes of the P-value less than 0.05.
Result: Current utilization of Long-Acting And permanent Contraceptive methods at West Guji zone among the reproductive-aged group was 51.1%. More than the median of participants had negative altitude (72.4%) and poor knowledge (57%) towards the long-acting and permanent contraceptive methods. Educational status of women, the number of alive children, acceptance of utilization of Long-Acting and permanent Contraceptive methods, how treated by other staff, and waiting time during service delivery are significant determinant factors of long-acting and permanent family planning methods.
Conclusion: Educational status, number of alive children ( Parity) , acceptance of Long-Acting And permanent Contraceptive methods , how treated by other staff, and waiting time to get the service are statistically significant predictors of utilization of long-acting and permanent family planning methods. More than half of women had a negative attitude and poor knowledge of Long-Acting and permanent Contraceptive methods.