Sexual Pleasure, Partner Dynamics and Contraceptive Use in Malawi

by Neetu A. John, Stella Babalola and Effie Chipeta
International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2015, 41(2):99–107

9 pp. 115 kB

Despite increases in the use of modern contraceptives, Malawian women have a high unmet need for contraception. Because current understanding of contraceptive use ignores sexual pleasure and partner dynamics, this study explores the links between sexual pleasure seeking, partner dynamics and contraceptive use. The authors conclude that family planning programs should consider the nuanced ways in which notions of sexual pleasure, partner dynamics and the broader social context are involved in decision making regarding contraceptive use.

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