Male Partners May Be Key Influence on Birth Control Use

In health on March 20, 2011 by quriasw Tagged: , ,

Young women are more likely to use birth control if their partners are in favor of it, new study findings suggest.

In fact, women were more than twice as likely to use an effective method of birth control consistently if their male sex partner was “very” in favor of birth control, the researchers found.


The study, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at 435 couples in Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. The women in the couples were aged 18 to 25, were not pregnant and weren’t trying to get pregnant.

While the men and women in the study said they played an active role in deciding whether birth control was used, there was considerable disagreement between partners about whether they’d actually talked about birth control.

This type of contradiction is common in male/female relationships, said principal investigator Marie Harvey, a professor of public health at Oregon State University.



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