The perception of contraception among young male partners in China
ESC Congress Library. Yu X. May 4, 2016; 126900; A-074
Prof. Xiao - Ming Yu
Prof. Xiao - Ming Yu
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Abstract
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Objectives

Unwanted pregnancy among young people exhibited an increase over the past two decades in China. Young male partners play an important role in preventing unwanted pregnancy, because they are key decision-makers on sexual intercourse and contraception adoption. However, the study on the contraceptive perception and behaviors of male partners were scarce. The purpose of this study is to understand male partners’ contraceptive perceptions and its relative factors.

Methods

The study was conducted through non-probability and convenient sampling. The data were collected by a self-administered questionnaire. 467 young males, who accompanied with their female partners (aged 15-24) for induced abortion, were recruited in three family planning clinics in two cities of China respectively.

The average age of male partners participated in the study was 23.4 years (range from 17 to 36 years), 72.5% of them were aged at 15-24 years. Among them, 19.8% were still students, and about one-third had educational level equal to college or higher. The male partners reported that their sexual debut was at 20.25±2.72 years average, and 29.0% initiated sex under 18 years.

Results

Our study found that the knowledge level related to contraception use among male partners was at low-poor. Nearly half of the male partners did not know how to use condom correctly, and for the low-educated group (i.e. middle school or lower), this rate reached 73.5%. Only 14.9% males consistently used condom when they had sex during the past 12 months. However, less effective contraceptive methods such as withdrawal and safe period contraception were commonly used by male partners, being next to the condom use, and there were differences by age and educational level. The analysis of multivariate logistic regression showed that attitude toward contraception and sexual intercourse before marriage, style of coping with problem significantly associated with contraceptive use among male partners. Those who have more on-limits sexual attitude inclination and negative coping style are likely to have more behavior of non-consistently contraceptive use.

Conclusions

Special efforts are needed to improve male partners’ contraception perception and skills, especially providing some scientific and accurate information and training about effective contraception to reduce risk for unwanted pregnancy

 

 

 

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