This study aimed to investigate the awareness, knowledge and attitude towards contraception among medical students.
Methods: A total of 200 students of the Dr. YSPG medical college of Nahan (HP) attending two different academic years participated in cross-sectional study. Study was conducted in December 2019. Knowledge and attitudes of students towards contraception were examined using questionnaire based on previous studies and analysed on percentage bases.
Results: Almost all the students were well aware about contraception, family planning and also emergency contraception. Most preferred method of contrceptive method was condom (72%) followed by OCP (28%). 2nd year students had more knowledge as compared to 1st year. 69% of 1st year think that only female felt responsible for using contraceptives, but this dropped down to 51% in 2nd year reflects that medical teaching improves the knowledge as well as positive attitude of students towards contraceptives.
Conclusions: Students with higher education had positive attitudes towards contraception. They had good knowledge regarding contraceptives. They were more inclined toward condom as compare to OCP. They were very much aware about Emergency contraception. So, our study concluded that condoms and emergency contraceptives were the most popular contraceptive methods among youth.