Contraceptive characteristics: The perceptions and priorities of men and women

McKay, Alexander
June 1999
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Summer99, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p141
Academic Journal
This article presents a research summary on the contraceptive perceptions and priorities of men and women. Research has shown that a high proportion of both married and unmarried men and women believe that contraception is a shared responsibility. However, as the authors of this research report suggest, "To the extent that both partners in a sexual relationship actually participate in making contraceptive decisions, it is important to understand the priorities and perceptions that each of them brings to the decision- making process." The study sought to determine whether women and men differed in terms of the characteristics they considered important in a contraceptive method. The seven characteristics rated on a five-point scale ("not at all important" to "very important") were: effectiveness in preventing pregnancy; health and side effects; interference with sexual pleasure; ease of use; amount of prior planning needed; STD protection for the user; and STD protection for the partner.


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