Comprehensive contraception uptake involving not only women but also their male
partners is very vital if the projected decline in fertility rates by 2025 is
to be attained. Men’s involvement is of great essence if potential
acceptability of contraception programs is to be achieved.
The main objective of the study was to assess the utilization of contraceptives among men aged 20-50 years in Mwembe
estate, Kisii Town.
A cross-sectional study design was
employed on 288 sampled men aged 20-50 years. Stratified random sampling technique was used to select
the respondents for the study. The data was collected using structured
questionnaires and key informant guides.
Analyses of quantitative data was done in SPSS version 20. Chi-square test was
used to measure the strength of associations between the various variables where
a p-value of = or < 0.05 was
considered statistically significant.
Condoms and vasectomy were the modern contraceptive methods available to men.
99% of the study subjects had the knowledge on contraceptives but only 56%
admitted consistent use. Among those who used, condoms were most preferred at
58% with traditional methods still being employed. Only 32% of respondents had
objections to contraception, among which 16% based on religious, 12% on
personal and 4% on cultural reasons. The use of contraceptives was closely
associated with religion (χ2 = 6.67, df = 2, PV = 0.036).
The high awareness levels (99%) can be attributed to technological
advancements. Condoms use was leading (56%) because they were easily available
and accessible, they required no prescription and they offered dual protection.
Vasectomy service utilization was low (1%) as it had not been embraced in most
societies. Religion was the major barrier of contraception (16%) since
contraception was thought to be against God’s will. Other men (14%) had
personal reasons against contraception owing to the perceived side effects of
female contraceptives in order to protect their women’s health
Condoms were most common (70%) than other methods
hence information on proper use of condoms should be given. Knowledge on
contraception was high (99%) with low use (56%) hence more is required to
bridge the knowledge-practice gap. Utilization of contraceptives still low
(56%) compared to that of developing regions (67%+). Religion, societal and
personal holds hinder contraception practice.
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