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Family planning and men: DHS surveys of men in developing countries

Family planning and men: DHS surveys of men in developing countries

Newsletter 8(1): 1-2

More than 21,000 married men in 15 developing countries were interviewed on their attitudes and behaviors regarding fertility and family planning. It was found that in many countries examined, men have a positive attitude toward family planning and men and women have similar views on ideal family size. In seven of the countries, at least 90% of men approve of contraceptive use. In Cameroon, Mali, and Senegal, however, more than half of the men are opposed to family planning. In 10 of the countries, women are more likely than men to approve of family planning, with the greatest differences between the sexes being in West Africa. In almost all of the countries studied, men want more children than women; the differences are minor except in four countries in West Africa. In Ghana, changes in male fertility desires may have contributed to the recent dramatic increases in contraceptive use and reductions in family size. In eight countries, more than 90% of married men know of at least one contraceptive method, with the pill being the best known method, followed by the condom and female sterilization. There is only limited knowledge of male sterilization. Study findings suggest the existence of considerable potential demand for family planning among men. Barriers to the use of family planning are discussed.

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