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Family Planning and Preconception Health Among Men in Their Mid-30s: Developing Indicators and Describing Need

TitleFamily Planning and Preconception Health Among Men in Their Mid-30s: Developing Indicators and Describing Need
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsCasey, FE, Sonenstein, FL, Astone, NM, Pleck, JH, Dariotis, JK, Marcell, AV
JournalAm J Mens Health
Volume10
Pagination59-67
Date PublishedJan
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1557-9891 (Electronic)1557-9883 (Linking)
Accession Number25389215
Keywordsmale contraception, male family planning
Abstract

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Healthy People 2020 call for improvements in meeting men's reproductive health needs but little is known about the proportion of men in need. This study describes men aged 35 to 39 in need of family planning and preconception care, demographic correlates of these needs, and contraception use among men in need of family planning. Using data from Wave 4 (2008-2010) of the National Survey of Adolescent Males, men were classified in need of family planning and preconception care if they reported sex with a female in the last year and believed that they and their partner were fecund; the former included men who were neither intentionally pregnant nor intending future children and the latter included men intending future children. Men were classified as being in need of both if they reported multiple sex partners in the past year. About 40% of men aged 35 to 39 were in need of family planning and about 33% in need of preconception care with 12% in need of both. Current partner's age, current union type, and sexually transmitted infection health risk differentiated men in need of family planning and preconception care (all ps < .01) and participants' race/ethnicity further differentiated men in need of preconception care (p < .01). More than half of men in need of family planning reported none of the time current partner hormonal use (55%) or condom use (52%) during the past year. This study identified that many men in their mid-30s are in need of family planning or preconception care.

PMCID

PMC4490119