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Revista Facultad Nacional de Salud Pública

Print version ISSN 0120-386XOn-line version ISSN 2256-3334


FLOREZ-GARCIA, Víctor Alfonso et al. Contraceptive use in the migrant population: the case of pregnant Venezuelan migrants in two receiving cities on the north coast of Colombia. Rev. Fac. Nac. Salud Pública [online]. 2020, vol.38, n.3, e339274.  Epub Dec 01, 2020. ISSN 0120-386X.


To describe the use of contraceptive methods by pregnant Venezuelan migrants in two cities on the north coast of Colombia (Barranquilla and Riohacha), between 2018 and 2019.


A descriptive cross-sectional study was designed. Participants were selected through systematic sampling in hospitals and snowball sampling in the community. A standardized questionnaire allowed the sociodemographic, migration, contraceptive use and other variables to be collected.


552 pregnant, mainly young, women from Venezuela who are married or living with their partner were surveyed. The minority of pregnancies were planned (37.7%), even though the women knew about contraception methods. The condom and the pill were the most well-known methods (94.7 and 96.1%, respectively).


Nearly all of the women knew about birth control and where it can be accessed. However, only half managed to get them the last time they looked for them, meaning that most of the pregnancies were unplanned. Guaranteed sexual and reproductive rights, including satisfactory family planning requirements, must be a priority in actions aimed at the migrant population, within the framework of the Colombian-Venezuelan migratory phenomenon.

Keywords : Contraceptives; sexual and reproductive health; health care provision; gender; emigration and immigration; Venezuela; Colombia.

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