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DUARTE, Graciana Alves et al. Male participation in contraceptive use. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2003, vol.19, n.1, pp. 207-216. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2003000100023.

This study aimed to evaluate male participation in the use of contraceptive methods and to identify relevant variables. A secondary data analysis was conducted, and the sample size was estimated at 175 men using contraceptives methods that require male participation. The study used the qui-square test to evaluate differences between groups, as well as multiple logistic regression analysis. Some 38% of interviewees used some birth control method that required male participation. Higher level of schooling was associated with the use of some form of contraception requiring male participation, i.e., condom use or vasectomy. Considering the sample's characteristics, the study concluded that it is possible for important changes to take place in Brazilian society with regard to the male perspective on contraception. For these changes to be possible it is necessary to invest in education for both men and women, shown to be an important factor for a balance in gender relations.

Keywords : Contraception; Male Participation; Gender Relations.

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