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Contraception. 2004 Jun;69(6):493-6.

Ethnic Chinese women's perceptions about condoms, withdrawal and rhythm methods of birth control.

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Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, 1013-750 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1H9 Canada. ewiebe@interchange.ubc.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To gain a better understanding of ethnic Chinese women's perceptions and experiences of using barrier and rhythm methods of contraception in order to improve contraceptive counseling at abortion clinics.

DESIGN:

Qualitative descriptive study.

SETTING:

Urban abortion clinic.

PARTICIPANTS:

Forty ethnic Chinese women presenting for abortion.

METHOD:

Data were collected in semi-structured interviews by one interviewer who is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Transcribed interviews were systematically analyzed to identify salient themes.

MAIN FINDINGS:

All of the women interviewed had used condoms (none with spermicide), 20 had used rhythm and 17 withdrawal, usually a combination of two or three of these methods. Many women noted that these methods are under male control and talked about the difficulty negotiating their use with partners. The majority of women using rhythm were unable to correctly identify "safe periods."

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