Caregivers’ Perception on Adolescents’ Access on, Use of, and Support Required to Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies in Lesotho

The Open Public Health Journal 14 July 2023 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/18749445-v16-230627-2022-219



Usage of hormonal or barrier contraception by adolescents is challenging for most adolescents. The study revealed new evidence of caregivers’ support to adolescents on access and effective contraception use to prevent unwanted pregnancies in k.w. There is a need for adolescents’ user-friendly services, supportive supervision, accommodative cultural and religious practices, and the promotion of independent decisions.


To explore and describe caregivers’ perceptions of access (1) and the use of (2) contraception for adolescents in Lesotho and to explore and describe caregivers’ perception of types of support needed for adolescents to prevent unwanted pregnancies in Lesotho (3).


A qualitative explorative, descriptive, and contextual design. Purposive sampling caregivers of adolescents in a government primary health care facility with the highest outpatient number in Maseru district, Lesotho. Five focus groups with six participants each, which included (N=30) participants, were conducted using an interview schedule. Data were analysed using Creswell’s six steps of data analysis with the assistance of a co-coder.


Three categories emerged, namely (1) access to contraception by adolescents, (2) use of contraception by adolescents, (3) and support to prevent unwanted pregnancies with respective themes and sub-themes emerged.


Contraception use among adolescents is challenging. Adolescents’ caregivers disclosed being unskilled to discuss sexuality due to their cultural and religious background. Basic sexuality education has been included in the school curriculum. Service providers’ attitudes and rigid health services contribute to the limited access to contraception for adolescents.

Keywords: Adolescents, Contraception, Support, Teenage pregnancy, Hormonal contraception.
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