Researchers identify key differences in family planning among Pakistanis living in the United Kingdom and Pakistan

**Lahore, February 16, 2023:** A new study by researchers at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom and the University of Karachi in Pakistan has found that there are significant differences in family planning practices and attitudes between Pakistanis living in the UK and Pakistan..

The study, which was published in the journal ‘BMC Public Health’, surveyed over 1,000 Pakistani women aged 15-49 in both countries. The researchers found that Pakistani women living in the UK were more likely to use modern methods of contraception, such as the pill, IUD, and condom, than those living in Pakistan. They were also more likely to have fewer children and to have their first child at a later age..

In contrast, Pakistani women living in Pakistan were more likely to use traditional methods of contraception, such as withdrawal and the rhythm method. They were also more likely to have more children and to have their first child at a younger age..

The researchers believe that these differences in family planning practices and attitudes are due to a number of factors, including differences in access to healthcare, education, and socioeconomic status. They also found that Pakistani women living in the UK were more likely to have access to family planning services and to be aware of the benefits of using contraception..

The findings of this study have important implications for policymakers and healthcare providers in both the UK and Pakistan. The researchers recommend that policymakers in both countries should focus on increasing access to family planning services and on educating women about the benefits of using contraception. They also recommend that healthcare providers should be trained to provide culturally sensitive family planning services to Pakistani women..

**Key findings of the study:**.

* Pakistani women living in the UK are more likely to use modern methods of contraception than those living in Pakistan..

* Pakistani women living in the UK are more likely to have fewer children than those living in Pakistan..

* Pakistani women living in the UK are more likely to have their first child at a later age than those living in Pakistan..

* Pakistani women living in the UK are more likely to have access to family planning services than those living in Pakistan..

* Pakistani women living in the UK are more likely to be aware of the benefits of using contraception than those living in Pakistan..

**Implications of the study:**.

* Policymakers in both the UK and Pakistan should focus on increasing access to family planning services..

* Policymakers in both the UK and Pakistan should focus on educating women about the benefits of using contraception..

* Healthcare providers should be trained to provide culturally sensitive family planning services to Pakistani women..

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