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Examining males’ perceptions and concerns about adopting modern family planning methods in Delta State, Nigeria

Kennedy Eborka, Eno E E Akarawak, Temitope J Owolabi, Ebele F Chibuzor, Oluwayomi A Adeleke

Abstract

In many parts of Nigeria, women bear the greater burden of family planning responsibilities because of men’s negative attitude towards modern family planning methods (MFPMs). This situation has the propensity to promote high fertility and adverse reproductive health outcomes. This study examined men’s perceptions and concerns about adopting MFPMs in Delta State, Nigeria. Understanding men’s concerns about the use of MFPMs is important for addressing some misconceptions and stimulating uptake of MFPMs among men. The study was mainly qualitative involving 24 in-depth interviews (IDIs) and three focus group discussions (FGDs) among men ages 15 and 64 years. Findings indicate that most men have knowledge of condom, but regular use was low. Many of them were opposed to their wives’ adoption of MFPMs. Also, knowledge of vasectomy was low and some men feared that adopting vasectomy would harm their sexual vitality. The study concluded that these concerns operate as barriers to adequate adoption of MFPMs among men. The study recommended intensive reorientation on vasectomy, and men who have achieved their desired fertility can be encouraged to undergo the procedure. (Afr J Reprod Health 2021; 25[6]: 68-75).

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