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BMC Public Health

, 15:879

First Online: 10 September 2015Received: 22 February 2015Accepted: 03 September 2015DOI: 10.1186-s12889-015-2216-1

Cite this article as: Ezeanolue, E.E., Iwelunmor, J., Asaolu, I. et al. BMC Public Health 2015 15: 879. doi:10.1186-s12889-015-2216-1

Abstract

BackgroundDespite the growing body of evidence on use of modern contraceptives among women in sub-Saharan African countries, little is known about the broader context in which female decision-making concerning contraceptive use occurs, particularly the role of their male partners’ awareness and support of modern contraceptives.

MethodsWe conducted a cross-sectional survey of 2468 pregnant women and their male partners enrolled in the Healthy Beginning Initiative HBI, an intervention to increase HIV testing among pregnant women in Enugu, southeast Nigeria. The aims of this study were to determine: 1 male partners’ awareness of, and support for, female contraceptive methods, and 2 influence of male partners’ contraceptive awareness and support on pregnant women’s expressed desire to use contraception. We used logistic regression models to examine the association between male partners’ awareness and support of modern contraceptives on their spouses’ desire to use contraceptives.

ResultsMen’s awareness of, and support for, use of modern contraceptives were significantly associated with their female partners’ desire to use contraception. A majority of the men who were aware of modern contraceptives 66.5 % and those who supported their spouses’ use of contraception 72.5 % had partners who expressed a desire to use contraception. Men who were aware of female contraception were 3 times more likely to have spouses who desired to use contraception AOR = 3.17, 95 % C.I: 2.70–3.75. In addition, men who showed support for their spouses’ use of contraception were over 5 times more likely to have spouses who indicated a desire to use contraception AOR = 5.76, 95 % C.I: 4.82–6.88. Living in a household of 5 or more people AOR = 1.45, 95 % C.I: 1.23–1.72 and residing in an urban area AOR = 0.81, 95 % C.I: 0.67–0.97 were also significantly associated with women’s expressed desire to use modern contraception.

ConclusionMen’s awareness of, and support for, use of modern contraceptives were markedly associated with their spouses’ desire to use contraception. This underscores the need for men’s involvement in programs that seek to address women’s uptake of contraception in low and middle income countries.

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Author: Echezona E. Ezeanolue - Juliet Iwelunmor - Ibitola Asaolu - Michael C. Obiefune - Chinenye O. Ezeanolue - Alice Osuji - A

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