Seeing Both Sides

Most contraception reports focus on surveying women, but to get the full picture of
spousal communication on contraception and contraceptive use, it’s crucial to incorporate men to prevent bias.

In rural India, researchers assessed couples' level of discordance on use of—and communication about—contraception, and ideal family size. The study found often-discordant reports between spouses, highlighting the importance of measuring the male perspective in research. The study found a strong link between female empowerment—marked by education, autonomy, and knowledge of contraceptive methods—and contraceptive communication between spouses.

“Discordance matters not only as a measurement issue, but as a reflection of fundamental inequalities that exist within these couples,” the study notes.

BMC Women’s Health


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