Level of male involvement and associated factors in family planning services utilization among married men in Debremarkos town, Northwest Ethiopia

Kassa, Mihretie, Abajobir, Amanuel Alemu and Gedefaw, Molla (2014) Level of male involvement and associated factors in family planning services utilization among married men in Debremarkos town, Northwest Ethiopia. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 14 1: 1-8. doi:10.1186/s12914-014-0033-8


Author Kassa, Mihretie
Abajobir, Amanuel Alemu
Gedefaw, Molla
Title Level of male involvement and associated factors in family planning services utilization among married men in Debremarkos town, Northwest Ethiopia
Journal name BMC International Health and Human Rights   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-698X
Publication date 2014-12-02
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/s12914-014-0033-8
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background

Men’s participation is crucial to the success of family planning programs and women’s empowerment and associated with better outcomes in reproductive health such as contraceptive acceptance and continuation, and safer sexual behaviors. Limited choice and access to methods, attitudes of men towards family planning, perceived fear of side-effects, poor quality of available services, cultural or religious oppositions and gender-based barriers are some of the reasons for low utilization of family planning. Hence, this study assessed the level of male involvement in family planning services utilization and its associated factors in Debremarkos town, Northwest Ethiopia.

Methods

A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted from October to November, 2013. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 524 eligible samples. Data were collected by using semi-structured questionnaires. Epi Info and SPSS were used to enter and analyze the data; univariate, bivariate and logistic regression analyses were performed to display the outputs.

Results

Only 44 (8.4%) respondents were using or directly participating in the use of family planning services mainly male condoms. The reasons mentioned for the low participation were the desire to have more children, wife or partner refusal, fear of side effects, religious prohibition, lack of awareness about contraceptives and the thinking that it is the only issue for women. Opinion about family planning services, men approval and current use of family planning methods were associated with male involvement in the services utilization.

Conclusions

In this study, the level of male involvement was low. Lack of information, inaccessibility to the services and the desire to have more children were found to be the reasons for low male involvement in family planning services utilization. Governmental and nongovernmental organizations, donors and relevant stakeholders should ensure availability, accessibility and sustained advocacy for use of family planning services. The family planning programs should incorporate the responsibility and role of males in the uptake of family planning services.
Keyword Male involvement
Family planning services
Ethiopia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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