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Main reason for choosing first FP method

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FP1METHWHY reports the main reason why the woman chose the first method of family planning she used.


FP1METHWHY has no comparability problems.

To simplify use of this variable, IPUMS-DHS imposes composite coding, with broad rationales indicated by the first digit (e.g., code "1" for "Method-related reasons") and the second digit providing additional detail (e.g., code "11" for "Easy to obtain").

Comparability - Standard DHS

FP1METHWHY is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • Nepal 1996: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have ever used a modern method of contraception.
  • Nepal: 1996-C, 1996-B, 1996-W