Female Education and Contraception Choice: Evidence from Cameroon

This paper aims to analyze the association between female education and the contraception choice using data from the most recent Demographic and Health Survey combined with Multiple Indicator Clusters (DHS-MICS)in Cameroon. Econometric results show that female education is strongly associated with the contraception choice of women. Educated women are more oriented towards modern contraception methods than traditional methods even if the use of both types of methods improves with female education. This result is robust when we consider only women in union or only women not in union but sexually active. For women not in union, but sexually active, female education attainment starts to be significantly associated with the traditional contraception choice at the secondary education level. These results show that, female health pathways and fertility dynamics in Cameroon can be improved by encouraging education of young girls to further their studies till secondary education level.

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