Despite optimal efforts by family planning program, very few couples are opting for spacing methods particularly PPIUCD. Thus, it becomes more relevant to educate a women during their antenatal period so that they would be able to adopt it in their immediate postpartum.
• To assess knowledge, attitude and practices regarding PPIUCD among antenatal women.
• To know about the willingness for PPIUCD usage when knowledge is provided to antenatal women.
Methods and Design: This is a questionnaire based cross sectional observational study conducted on 300 antenatal women attending antenatal check-up at the department of obstetrics and gynaecology in AJ institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore during May 2022 to August 2022.
Results: Out of the 300 antenatal women, 82% had knowledge regarding family planning methods of which 124(41%) had knowledge of PPIUCD. Only 12% of these women, had used PPIUCD in the past. After appropriate counselling, 62% of the women agreed for insertion of PPIUCD after this delivery.
Conclusion: The antenatal period is the ideal time to educate and counsel a women on appropriate family planning methods like PPIUCD. The study concludes that the antenatal women have a poor knowledge regarding PPIUCD usage and its advantages, and it might be attributed to the religious beliefs and to poor educational status and many other factors. This study highlights the need of educational and motivational activities to create awareness among antenatal women to eradicate the phobia associated with PPIUCD usage.