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J Am Coll Health Assoc. 1979 Dec;28(3):168-72.

Contraceptive responsibility among male university students.



The male contribution to contraceptive mismanagement and unwanted pregnancy was assessed among 109 students at the University of Melbourne in Australia. The survey was conducted 3 months prior to annual examinations. The interview focused on a range of subjects including socioeconomic data, extent of formal sex education, patterns of sexual behavior both in the past and in the present, contraception used within various types of relationships, reasons for contraceptive choice, and involvement in unwanted pregnancy. The age range of the subjects was 17-35. 84% (92) of the men had experienced heterosexual intercourse. 2 main types of relationships emerged: an emotionally committed and usually long-term relationship and a usually brief and "casual" relationship. 30% of all subjects thought that females should always be responsible for contraception. 31% believed that contraception was a joint responsibility in steady relationships but the female's responsibility in casual relationships. 35% of all subjects felt that both partners had an equal responsibility in preventing conception irrespective of the type of relationship. 4 men believed that contraception was always the male's responsibility. Contraceptive technique was rated adequate for 32% of the 92 sexually experienced men who always relied on either condoms, diaphragms, IUDs, oral contraceptives, or sterilization. Intermittent contraceptive use was reported by 60% of sexually experienced men who alternated betwen reliable and unreliable methods. Almost 1/5 of the sexually experienced men reported that they had been involved in an unwanted pregnancy.

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