Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Men believe family planning is woman's business, says survey

While an increasing number of Indian women are using contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies or space out children, men in the country still believe family planning is a woman's business and they should not worry about it, according to a survey.

Twenty-two per cent of men think that contraception is women's business and that a man should not have to worry about it. Almost half of men believe that a woman who is breastfeeding cannot become pregnant, according to the National Health and Family survey part III.

This is not all, around 16 per cent of men believe that women who use contraceptives become promiscuous, the survey shows.

Female sterilisation is the most well known method of contraception as the survey found that 97 per cent of women and 95 per cent of men in the age group of 15-49 years had heard of it.

But other methods are less well known. Only sixty-one per cent of women and 49 per cent of men reported knowledge of all three modern spacing methods offered by the government family planning programme, pill, IUD and condom.

The survey shows that awareness of spacing methods is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas.

For example, 74 per cent of women in the age of 15-49 in urban areas know all three spacing methods, compared with 54 per cent in rural areas.

Female sterilisation is the most widely known method in 26 of the 29 states.


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