Author(s): Sandeep Rankawat, Prof. Dr. N.V. Muninarayanappa, Ramniwas Chaudhary.
India was the first country in the world that recognized the need of population stabilization. Family planning is a basic human right and all the couples have right to decide freely and responsibly t he number and spacing of their children and to have information and education regarding family planning. The objective of the study was to assess the level of knowledge & practice regarding contraceptive methods among eligible couples of rural area. Materials and Methods: Descriptive survey design was adapted. The study was conducted at rural area of Moradabad. 110 eligible couples were surveyed by convenient sampling technique. The tool designed to collect the data were socio demographic Performa, Self-structured knowledge questionnaire and practice checklist on contraceptive methods. The finding of the study showed that out of 110 sample, 3% sample had adequate knowledge, 30% sample had moderate knowledge and 67% sample had inadequate knowledge towards contraceptive methods, while only 45 (40.90%) sample had practice and 65 (59.09%) sample had not practicing of contraception methods. Oral pill and male condom most common contraceptive methods that was practicing among eligible couples in rural area. Conclusion: Overall knowledge regarding contraception was inadequate but practice of use was lagging behind and efforts need to be made to improve family planning practices. Keywords: Knowledge, Practice of contraception method, Rural area, Eligible couple.