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The role of male partner perceptions in the intention to pursue contraception of teenage female adolescents with previous pregnancy experience: A cross sectional multi-setting survey

Maricel D. Mauricio, MD; Janette P. Tuquero, MD, FPOGS
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Juan Medical Center

Background: There is a dearth of studies that explore the perceptions of male partners of adolescent females towards the intention of pursuing contraception.

Objective: To determine the role of male partner perceptions in the intention to use of contraception among female adolescents to prevent unplanned repeat pregnancies.
Materials and Methods: An urban sample of 102 male partners of female adolescents with previous pregnancy experience coming from the out-patient department and selected barangay health center responded to a two-part questionnaire that explored their perceptions towards contraception. Demographic data and their positive and negative views, attitudes and actual practice of contraception as it affects future intention to engage in family planning methods were determined.

Results: Male sexual partners have positive perceptions towards contraception. Despite this, utilization rate was still low (56.8%). Positively correlated with contraceptive intention include the male partner’s advanced age and high level of education. Perceptions that favor strong intention include careful pregnancy planning in the future, not wanting a pregnancy too soon, knowledge of a specific method, its perceived benefits, “shared decision” making, feeling “happy” when contraceptives are offered rather than forced and when a woman lacks trust in him. Forcing contraception by the female adolescent partner was negatively correlated with contraceptive intention.

Conclusion: Shared decision making towards contraception in order to reduce unintended pregnancies should engage the male partner’s participation by correcting prevailing misperceptions.