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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 13, No. 2, 2013, pp. 415-422
Bioline Code: hs13059
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2013, pp. 415-422

 en Perception and practice of contraception among male soldiers in Sobi barracks, Ilorin, Nigeria
Hussain, N A; Akande, T M; Osagbemi, G K; Olasupo, S T; Salawu, K Y & Adebayo, ET

Abstract

Background: There is a popular belief among the general population that Nigerian soldiers tend to have large families but this has not been substantiated with evidence-based research. The Nigerian military health authority implements female targeted contraception strategies, with less focus on their husbands; who are the dominant fertility determinants.
Objective: To determine the perception and practice of contraception among male soldiers of Sobi Cantonment, Ilorin,Nigeria, with a view to instituting male-targeted contraceptive/family planning strategies.
Methodology: A cross-sectional survey of 334 male soldiers using multistage sampling technique and pre-tested interviewer administered questionnaires.
Results: The respondents’ approval of contraception (73.6%) and willingness to discuss it with their spouses/partners(71.6%) were high. Fear of wives/partner’s sexual promiscuity (55.7%), cultural and religious beliefs (43.2%), fear of the side effects of contraceptives (29.5%) and the desire for more children (21.6%) were reported reasons for the non-approval of contraception. The prevalence of contraceptive use among the respondents was low (12.3%). There was a significant relationship between the respondents’ educational level and contraceptive use (p< 0.05).
Conclusion: The study revealed a high approval and willingness to discuss contraception with their spouses/partners but low contraceptive use.

Keywords
Contraception; male; practice; perception; soldiers

 
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