Demographic and Behavioral Characteristics of Women of Reproductive Age in Luanda, Angola, 2012

VariablesAge Groups
15–19 (N=451)20–24 (N=361)≥25 (N=729)All (N=1545)
Age, medianNANANA24.0
Marital status
    High school or less55.328.845.344.4
    More than high school44.771.254.755.6
Sexual Behavior and Fertility Preferences
Ever had sex55.090.991.480.6
Ever been pregnant11.549.990.457.9
Intention to get pregnant at last pregnancya
    Wanted it at that moment17.327.857.749.3
    Wanted it later53.856.128.135.2
    Did not want more children28.816.114.315.5
Ideal number of children, meanb3.
Knowledge of modern contraceptives
    Oral contraceptive pills68.984.287.479.7
    Female condoms34.242.154.745.6
    Female sterilization14.626.639.429.1
    Emergency oral contraceptive pills10.321.632.823.5
    Male sterilization5.312.522.215.0
Contraceptive Usec
Current prevalence of any modern contraception58.564.955.958.7
Current prevalence of:
    Oral contraceptive pills3.
    Female sterilization0.
    Female condoms0.
    Male sterilization0.
Ever used emergency contraceptive pillsd1.
Current contraceptive users not using their preferred methode15.120.716.017.3
Preferred contraceptive method among women not using their preferred methodf
    Oral contraceptive pills4.613.612.112.0
    Rhythm method4.
    Female condom4.
    Female sterilization0.
  • Abbreviation: IUD, intrauterine device.

  • All data are reported as percentages unless otherwise noted.

  • a Among women ever pregnant (N=52 among 15–19-year-olds; N=180 among 20–24-year-olds; N=659 among ≥25-year-olds; and N=891 among the entire sample of women).

  • b Among women who have given birth (N=25 among 15–19-year-olds; N=128 among 20–24-year-olds; N=608 among ≥25-year-olds; and N=764 among the entire sample of women).

  • c Among women who have had sex (N=248 among 15–19-year-olds; N=328 among 20–24-year-olds; N=666 among ≥25-year-olds; and N=1245 among the entire sample of women).

  • d The survey did not explicitly include emergency contraceptive pills as an option for current method but included a question on ever use of emergency contraceptive pills.

  • e Among fecund women who have had sex and who are currently using contraception (N=146 among 15–19-year-olds; N=213 among 20–24-year-olds; N=363 among ≥25-year-olds; and N=722 among the entire sample of women).

  • f N=22 among 15–19-year-olds; N=44 among 20–24-year-olds; N=58 among ≥25-year-olds; and N=125 among the entire sample of women.