Md. Nazrul Islam Mondal , PhD 1 , * , Md. Monzur Morshad Nasir Ullah , MSc 1 , Md. Nuruzzaman Khan , MSc 1 , Mohammad Zamirul Islam , PhD 2 , Md. Nurul Islam , PhD 3 , Sabiha Yasmin Moni , MPhil 4 , Md. Nazrul Hoque , PhD 5 , Md. Mashiur Rahman , MSS 6
Reproductive health (RH) is a critical component of women’s health and overall well-being around the world, especially in developing countries. We examine the factors that determine knowledge of RH care among female university students in Bangladesh.
Data on 300 female students were collected from Rajshahi University, Bangladesh through a structured questionnaire using purposive sampling technique. The data were used for univariate analysis, to carry out the description of the variables; bivariate analysis was used to examine the associations between the variables; and finally, multivariate analysis (binary logistic regression model) was used to examine and fit the model and interpret the parameter estimates, especially in terms of odds ratios.
The results revealed that more than one-third (34.3%) respondents do not have sufficient knowledge of RH care. The χ 2-test identified the significant ( p < 0.05) associations between respondents’ knowledge of RH care with respondents’ age, education, family type, watching television; and knowledge about pregnancy, family planning, and contraceptive use. Finally, the binary logistic regression model identified respondents’ age, education, family type; and knowledge about family planning, and contraceptive use as the significant ( p < 0.05) predictors of RH care.
Knowledge of RH care among female university students was found unsatisfactory. Government and concerned organizations should promote and strengthen various health education programs to focus on RH care especially for the female university students in Bangladesh.