Knowledge and Acceptance of ‘Vasectomy as a Method of Contraception’ amongst Literate Married Men in Ekpoma, Nigeria|
Akpamu, U; Nwoke, E O; Osifo, U C; Igbinovia, E N S & Adisa, A W
Women have been shown to accept surgical intervention methods of contraception than men. Despite the fact
that vasectomy is safer, simpler and effective, it is underutilized and relatively unknown in Nigeria. This study therefore,
investigates the knowledge and acceptance of ‘vasectomy as a male contraceptive method in Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria. The
study population comprises of 250 respondents targeting literate married men which were randomly selected. A suitable
constructed questionnaire which has been pre-tested was the tool for data collection. Overall, 23.2% have adequate knowledge
of vasectomy. On acceptance of vasectomy as a male method of contraception, 1.6% agree and another 5.2% agree
conditionally. Furthermore, no respondent with Islamic beliefs agrees to any degree. Result shows poor knowledge of
vasectomy among the studied population and this may be the cause of low acceptance. Conclusively, this low acceptance will
persist due to misconceptions, incomplete and incorrect information about vasectomy.
Vasectomy, Knowledge, Acceptance, Contraception; Married men.