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Original Article

Study of Awareness of Family Planning Methods among Married Men

Umesh Sabale, Prashant Suryarao, Chandrika Kodla

Keywords : Awareness, Contraception, Family planning

Citation Information : Sabale U, Suryarao P, Kodla C. Study of Awareness of Family Planning Methods among Married Men. J South Asian Feder Obs Gynae 2022; 14 (5):531-533.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10006-2131

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 16-11-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Introduction: India is currently the world's second most populated country, accounting for over 20% of all births. Despite the fact that India was the first country to establish a National Family Planning Program in 1952, 13% of married women still have unmet family planning needs. The study also calculated the rate of unwanted pregnancy in India, finding that approximately half of the 48.1 million pregnancies in 2015 were unintended. Family planning is widely regarded as a woman's issue in many regions of the world, including India. So this study has been carried out to understand the awareness of males about family planning methods. Material and methods: This is a cross-sectional study conducted over a span of 3 months, including married men for at least 5 years. The data collection was done using a pretested semistructured validated questionnaire that consists of sections on knowledge, attitude, and practices of family planning of the men. Results: In this study, we studied awareness of family planning methods among 200 men. It was observed that 56% of men were of the opinion that primarily females are responsible for use of contraceptive methods. In this study, we observed that 84% of men were of the opinion that vasectomy causes loss of sexual desire and impotence. When asked about the future choice of permanent sterilization, out of 180 men, 97.2% of men chose female sterilization. Conclusion: So, it was observed that the rate of male participation in family planning was low among the studied sample. There was a significant lack of knowledge, attitude, and practice about family planning methods among the studied population. Clinical significance: There is a need to strengthen the awareness and practices of males about their role in family planning. This study serves as a benchmark to identify the areas needed for further improvements.

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