Back to Browse Journals » Open Access Journal of Contraception » Volume 3

Factors affecting the use of male-oriented contraceptives: a case study of the Mukarati community, Zimbabwe

Authors Moyo S, Zvoushe A, Rusinga O

Published Date September 2012 Volume 2012:3 Pages 37—48

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/OAJC.S35608

Received 4 July 2012, Accepted 7 August 2012, Published 11 September 2012

Stanzia Moyo,1 Alfred Zvoushe,2 Oswell Rusinga3

1Centre for Population Studies, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe; 2Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Kadoma District, Zimbabwe; 3Department of Physics, Geography and Environmental Science, Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Abstract: The subject of male sexuality has long been shrouded by silence and secrecy in Zimbabwe. As such, where contraceptive uptake has featured as part of social studies inquiry, it has tended to do so in the context of a development discourse that focused exclusively on the experiences of women. Marshaling evidence from the survey, key informant interviews, and focus-group discussions (FGDs), this study unearthed factors underlying the uptake of male-oriented contraceptives from men's perspectives. This was done through an exploration of men's knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and practices pertaining to male-oriented contraceptives and an assessment of the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and affordability of male-oriented contraceptives. The results indicated that despite the fact that men are knowledgeable about male-oriented contraceptives, such knowledge is not being translated into practice. Social construction of masculinity is the primary encumbering block to the uptake of male-oriented contraceptives. In addition, unavailability and unaffordability of vasectomy services in the Mukarati community results in no men opting for the method. The study has thus recommended that the government and other relevant stakeholders may formulate policies that promote information, education, and communication pertaining to male-oriented contraceptives in order to foster the utilization of contraceptives by men.

Keywords: contraceptives, masculinity, sexuality, reproductive health

Download Article [PDF] 

Creative Commons License This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. The full terms of the License are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. Permissions beyond the scope of the License are administered by Dove Medical Press Limited. Information on how to request permission may be found at: http://www.dovepress.com/permissions.php

Readers of this article also read:

Feasibility and analgesic efficacy of the transversus abdominis plane block after single-port laparoscopy in patients having bariatric surgery

Wassef M, Lee DY, Levine JL, Ross RE, Guend H, Vandepitte C, Hadzic A, Teixeira J

Journal of Pain Research 2013, 6:837-841

Published Date: 27 November 2013

Preparation and characterization of gadolinium-loaded PLGA particles surface modified with RGDS for the detection of thrombus

Zhang Y, Zhou J, Guo D, Ao M, Zheng Y, Wang Z

International Journal of Nanomedicine 2013, 8:3745-3756

Published Date: 1 October 2013

Assessing the relationship between the level of pain control and patient satisfaction

Phillips S, Gift M, Gelot S, Duong M, Tapp H

Journal of Pain Research 2013, 6:683-689

Published Date: 9 September 2013

Tat peptide-decorated gelatin-siloxane nanoparticles for delivery of CGRP transgene in treatment of cerebral vasospasm [Corrigendum]

Tian XH, Wang ZG, Meng H, Wang YH, Feng W, Wei F, Huang ZC, Lin XN, Ren L

International Journal of Nanomedicine 2013, 8:2129-2130

Published Date: 13 June 2013

Corrigendum

Mizoguchi T, Ozaki M, Unoki K, Dake Y, Eto T, Arai M

Clinical Ophthalmology 2012, 6:1717-1718

Published Date: 26 October 2012

Differentiation of human stem cells is promoted by amphiphilic pluronic block copolymers

Doğan A, Yalvaç ME, Şahin F, Kabanov AV, Palotás A, Rizvanov AA

International Journal of Nanomedicine 2012, 7:4849-4860

Published Date: 10 September 2012

Racial differences in tumor necrosis factor-α-induced endothelial microparticles and interleukin-6 production

Brown MD, Feairheller DL, Thakkar S, Veerabhadrappa P, Park JY

Vascular Health and Risk Management 2011, 7:541-550

Published Date: 26 August 2011

Umbilical metastasis of unknown primary presenting as umbilical hernia: a case report

Ibrahim W Adamu, Noubar Kevorkian, Genato Romulo, et al

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine International 2010, 2:127-129

Published Date: 10 November 2010

Gene promoter hypermethylation in leukoplakia of the oral mucosa

Mingli Liu, Lei Feng, Ximing Tang, et al

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine International 2010, 2:71-77

Published Date: 7 July 2010