This study was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Development Grants OPP1060424, OPP1084270
Sterilization (Birth control), Contraception, Reproductive rights, Men -- Attitudes
Objective: We examined the men’s attitudes and perceptions toward the concept of nonsurgical female permanent contraception (NSPC), or novel approaches to permanent contraception (PC) that do not require incisions or surgical equipment/hysteroscope.
Study design: Cross-sectional survey of married/partnered men in Portland, OR and rural eastern Maharashtra, India. Descriptive analysis was performed.
Results: In India (N=150), most men (80%) anticipated their partners would undergo PC in the future, compared to 30% in Portland (N=170). About a third (39.6% in India, 82% in Portland) reported being uncomfortable with PC for partners due to the need for surgery. Most men (85% in India, 82% in Portland) expressed a preference for a hypothetical new method of female NSPC over surgery, if safe and effective.
Conclusion: Most men sampled in two diverse settings expressed interest in NSPC for women.
Implications: Men’s perceptions of new female contraceptive methods are important to the contraceptive development process. Men may find a safe and effective nonsurgical method of permanent female contraception more acceptable than surgical PC.
Harrington, E. K., Gordon, D., Bahulekar, P., Garg, B. S., Osgood-Roach, I., Jensen, J. T., & Aengst, J. (2015). Interest in nonsurgical female permanent contraception among men in Portland, Oregon and eastern Maharashtra, India. Contraception.