TitlePerceived partner fertility desires and influence on contraceptive use.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsGibbs, SE, Moreau, C
JournalEur J Contracept Reprod Health Care
Date Published08/2017
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Contraception, Contraception Behavior, Contraceptive Agents, Female, Family Planning Services, Female, Fertility, France, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Sex Distribution, Sexual Partners, Socioeconomic Factors, Spouses, Surveys and Questionnaires, Young Adult

BACKGROUND: Perceived discordance of fertility desires may be more common among couples with certain sociodemographic characteristics and may lead to lower contraceptive use.

METHODS: Using nationally representative data from adults ages 15-49 in France in 2010, we analysed associations between sociodemographic characteristics, perceived discordance of fertility desires and contraceptive use with design-based logistic regression.

RESULTS: Only 8% of participants perceived discordant fertility desires while 92% perceived concordance with partner fertility desire. Discordance varied by age and relationship duration and by the presence of children from previous relationships. Perceived discordance was not associated with use of a hormonal or highly effective method. Beyond own intentions, perception of a partner's fertility desires was associated with using a highly effective method among participants using any method.

CONCLUSIONS: Engaging men and couples in family planning programmes may be important for achieving both partners' desired fertility goals.

Alternate JournalEur J Contracept Reprod Health Care
PubMed ID28849954