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Assessment of the Supply and Needs of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Women of Childbearing Age at the Bouake Psychiatric Hospital

Women Living with Mental Illness and Epilepsy (PVMME) represent a highly vulnerable minority. This population presents more risky sexual behaviors including early sexual intercourses, non-systematic use of condoms and ignorance of the serological status of their sexual partners. They present a high risk of unwanted pregnancy due to the low level of accessibility to sexual and reproductive health services. The results of this study are based on the exploitation of primary datas obtained during surveys of an exhaustive sample of 154 women living with mental illness or epilepsy in the psychiatric hospital of Bouake. This prospective cross-sectional study, with a descriptive aim, took place over a period of three (03 months) from January 17 to April 17, 2022. The age group between 20-39 years was the most represented with an average age of 34.5 years. They lived in urban areas with secondary education, unemployed and single. It appears that acute psychotic disorders (35.06%) and anxiety disorders (23.06%) 38%) are the most prevalent pathologies. Among these women, 84.42% were not made aware of contraceptive methods and family planning. 57.79% considered it necessary to be on contraceptives given their state of mental health. However, 29.22% of patients claimed to have contracted one or more unwanted pregnancies with cases of abuse and violence.

Mental Illness, Sexual Health, Women of Childbearing Age, Provision of Psychiatric Care

APA Style

Medard, K. A., Francois, D. B. D., Michèle, S. Y. M., Emeric, K., Sylvie, A. A., et al. (2024). Assessment of the Supply and Needs of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Women of Childbearing Age at the Bouake Psychiatric Hospital. American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 12(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ajpn.20241201.11

ACS Style

Medard, K. A.; Francois, D. B. D.; Michèle, S. Y. M.; Emeric, K.; Sylvie, A. A., et al. Assessment of the Supply and Needs of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Women of Childbearing Age at the Bouake Psychiatric Hospital. Am. J. Psychiatry Neurosci. 2024, 12(1), 1-5. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20241201.11

AMA Style

Medard KA, Francois DBD, Michèle SYM, Emeric K, Sylvie AA, et al. Assessment of the Supply and Needs of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Women of Childbearing Age at the Bouake Psychiatric Hospital. Am J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2024;12(1):1-5. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20241201.11

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