We explore the demand‐side factors associated with the use of implants in Kenya given the notable rapid increase in uptake of the method in the country. Data are from a longitudinal study conducted among married or cohabiting women aged 15–39 years at the time of recruitment in one rural (2,424 women) and one urban (2,812 women) site. Analysis entails descriptive statistics and estimation of multivariate logistic regression models. The results show that the key demand‐side factors associated with the use of implants were low discontinuation of the method compared with alternatives and strong motivation on the part of the women for long‐term spacing of births. However, implants had no perceived advantages over the main alternative methods in terms of beliefs about possible damage to health or unpleasant side effects or in terms of satisfaction with use. The findings suggest that addressing concerns about safety for long‐term use and for health may increase demand for implants in particular and long‐acting reversible contraceptives in general in the study settings or in similar contexts, especially among women who desire long‐term spacing of births.
Published in a peer-reviewed journal of the Population Council.