Poverty and InequalitySexual and Reproductive HealthFamily, Maternal & Child HealthMethodology

Men's contraceptive practices in France: evidence of male involvement in family planning

TitleMen's contraceptive practices in France: evidence of male involvement in family planning
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLe Guen, M, Ventola, C, Bohet, A, Moreau, C, Bajos, N, group, F
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number1879-0518 (Electronic)0010-7824 (Linking)
Accession Number25820023
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, condom, Condoms/utilization, contraception, Contraception Behavior/*statistics & numerical data, Contraception/methods/psychology/*statistics & numerical data, Contraceptive practices, Cross-Sectional Studies, Family Characteristics, Family Planning Services, Female, France, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Male, men, Middle Aged, Sexual Partners, Withdrawal, Young Adult

OBJECTIVE: To describe contraceptive practices of men in a relationship in France, where use of female-controlled methods is predominant, and to explore their involvement in managing contraception within the couple. STUDY DESIGN: Data are drawn from a national probability cross-sectional survey on sexual and reproductive health conducted in France in 2010. The study sample comprised 3373 men aged 15-49, 1776 of whom were asked about their current contraceptive practices after they reported that they were fecund and sexually active and did not currently want a child. Analyses were performed with logistic regression models. RESULTS: Few men aged 15-49 with a partner did not use contraception (3.4%). Most reported using only a female method (71.7%), 20.4% only cooperative methods, such as condoms, withdrawal and the rhythm method and 4.5% both. Among contraceptive users, withdrawal (7.7%) was more likely to be used by men with low incomes or low educational levels. Condom use was reported as a contraceptive method by 18.9% of men. Its prevalence was higher for those in new and noncohabiting relationships (36.1%) and lower for those in cohabiting relationships (12.4%), in which STIs/HIV prevention is less of a concern. CONCLUSION: Men's high awareness of contraceptive practices and their use of some cooperative methods reveal their involvement in contraceptive practices within the context of relationships. Condom use is associated with the prevention of STIs/HIV for noncohabiting men, but men who live with their female partner seem to use condoms mainly as a contraceptive method. Withdrawal appears to be associated with low level of education and financial difficulties. Finally, having engendered a pregnancy that was terminated appears to influence men's contraceptive practices. IMPLICATIONS: Studying men's contraceptive practices helps to understand their involvement in contraceptive management within relationships.