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Main problem with using abstinence

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FPPROBABSS2 (V308_12) reports the woman's opinion about the main problem, if any, with using abstinence as a family planning method. Interviewers collected the information through an open-ended question and then recorded the woman's response using (non-standard) country-specific codes.

IPUMS-DHS interested in using FPPROBABSS2 may also be interested in FPPROBABSS, which coded the woman's response using standard response categories.


FPPROBABSS2 (V308_12) may vary across samples in the number and type of response categories.

To maximize comparability across samples, IPUMS-DHS uses composite coding and a 2-digit coding system. The first digit broadly distinguishes between different problems (e.g., side effects/health concerns), and the second digit provides additional detail within these initial groupings (e.g., side effects for woman versus side effects for child).

Comparability - Standard DHS

FPPROBABSS2 (V308_12) is included in Phase I of the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • Burundi 1987: Women age 15-49 who have heard of abstinence as a method of contraception.
  • Burundi: 1987-W, 1987-C, 1987-B