Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal
Volume 12, Number 1-3
TITLE: Fertility-related attitudes and behaviour of married men in Kyaunk-tan Township.
AUTHOR: Le Le Win; San Shwe; Khin Myint Wai; Nyo Aung
SOURCE: Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal. 2000; 12(1-3): 21-24
ABSTRACT: A community-based study to explore the fertility-related attitudes and behaviour of married men was conducted in Kyauk-tan Township during 1997. A total of 169 married men of 18 years and above were included. It was observed that, regarding fertility regulation, husbands played the leading role in deciding to use the family planning method (FPM) (55.4%) and in taking responsibilities for obtaining information about FPM (57.2%). Furthermore they would like to discuss with their wives about the ideal number of children (59.8%) and FPM (77.1%). Their ideal number of children and desired children were found to be not much different (i.e. 3.3 and not more than 3). Although the majority (80.5%) said they knew the FPM, only 12 married men (7.1%) had used the method when having relation with their spouses, and condom was the most common method. On the other hand, 111 married men (65,7%) said their spouses had used pill or injection or IUD. During their married life, (34.3%) had tried to prevent from getting unplanned pregnancies, of which 15 had faced with such pregnancies. About 9% had experience of not having a child at the time of desire, among them 9 married men (60%) had consulted with either OG or other medical doctors. Regarding information on FPM for men and women, they said they had enough information (49.1%, 59.3%). As a whole, while the majority of married men from the study area were knowledgeable and willing to take responsibilities for FPM, the magnitude of their use of FPM was very low.
SUBJECT HEADINGS: Fertility. Attitude. Spouses.