Reproductive intentions of women who experienced high fertility in a major urban center

  • Vânia Muniz Néquer Soares Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná; Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Distúrbios da Comunicação
  • Néia Schor Universidade de São Paulo
  • Maria Graciela Gonzalez de Morell Unifesp; Departamento de Medicina Preventiva
  • Kleyde Ventura de Souza Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; Escola de Enfermagem; Departamento Materno Infantil e Saúde Pública
  • Simone Carmem Grilo Diniz Universidade de São Paulo; Faculdade de Saúde Pública; Departamento de Saúde Materno-infantil


This quantitative and population-based study aimed to identify reproductive intentions of women with five or more children living in Curitiba, Paraná. 441 women were interviewed in their homes between the years 2006 to 2008. Frequencies were calculated, as well as Student's t test and Spearman coefficient for some variables. To analyse the open questions it was used content analysis and worked out tables with categories , their frequencies and percentages. The study revealed that for 51% of women the ideal number of children would have been two children; 10% had the number of children they wanted. In 113 cases (40.4%) the husbands would rather have a larger number of children than women. Difficulties were identified in the definition and achievement of desired fertility, besides failures in reproductive health care and social and gender inequalities. Health managers should monitor the differentials in fertility rates in order to pursue social justice and ensure human rights, as well as sexual and reproductive rights in Brazil.


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How to Cite
Soares, V., Schor, N., Morell, M., Souza, K., & Diniz, S. (2013). Reproductive intentions of women who experienced high fertility in a major urban center. Saúde E Sociedade, 22(3), 903-915.
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