3247.0 Men and Women's Experience with Contraception

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:30 PM
Oral
This session examines the perceived benefits and disadvantages of contraceptive use, including hormonal contraception, condoms, and withdrawal. Barriers to contraceptive use and access are also explored. Qualitative research with low-income, English-speaking women suggests that insurance issues create real barriers to contraceptive access, and that women generally support over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives. A mixed-methods analysis of condom use patterns among young Puerto Rican and African-American men and women finds that relationship context and physical discomfort influence condom use, and that the use of HIV/STI testing to monitor risk in lieu of condom use is a common practice. Further, a mixed-methods study among young women and men suggest that withdrawal is a popular contraceptive technique, although some (especially women) demonstrate anxiety over the effectiveness of this method in preventing pregnancy and the ability to use the method correctly and consistently. Finally, new data suggests that dual contraceptive use may be higher than expected among college students and involves numerous combinations of hormonal and non-hormonal methods. Relationship context, age, and student status were associated with dual use. Overall, this session explores menís and womenís experiences with contraception both quantitatively and qualitatively, and offers numerous implications for public health research and practice.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify three (3) common concerns associated with contraceptive use, including hormonal contraceptives, condoms, and withdrawal 2. Describe how relationship status/context influences contraceptive use, including hormonal contraceptives, condoms, and withdrawal 3. List two (2) ways that the findings presented in this session can be used to improve contraceptive counseling
Moderator:

12:30 PM
Women's experiences with contraception and their interest in over-the-counter access
Amanda Jo Dennis, MBE, Kelly Blanchard, MS and Daniel Grossman, MD
12:50 PM
Condom use patterns in sexual/romantic relationships: Implications for public health practice
Linda Hock-Long, PhD, Marion Carter, PhD, Pamela Erickson, DrPH, PhD and Kendra Hatfield-Timajchy, PhD
1:10 PM
Withdrawal attitudes and experiences: A qualitative perspective among young urban adults
Paul G. Whittaker, PhD, Rebecca Merkh, MA, Dare Henry-Moss and Linda Hock-Long, PhD

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Organized by: Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)