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Reproductive Health

, 14:71

First Online: 12 June 2017Received: 22 August 2016Accepted: 24 May 2017DOI: 10.1186-s12978-017-0332-3

Cite this article as: Verma, P., Singh, K.K. & Singh, A. Reprod Health 2017 14: 71. doi:10.1186-s12978-017-0332-3

Abstract

BackgroundIn India, where men take most decisions in the family, it is useful that they have adequate knowledge about pregnancy risks during women’s menstrual cycles. Since traditional contraceptive methods are still employed by a large population in India, the knowledge regarding the pregnancy risk during the menstrual cycle is indispensable. This research paper attempts to assess the knowledge among urban men in Uttar Pradesh, India about the fertile window of the menstrual cycle; it also attempts to discover the rationales behind the misconceptions about the concept.

MethodsThis study utilizes the baseline data of the Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation project for the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative in Uttar Pradesh. Descriptive Statistics has been used to assess the prevalence of knowledge among urban men regarding the concept. Using the Discriminant Analysis, we also investigate the rationales behind the misconceptions among urban men about the concept.

ResultsOnly one-fifth of the men have the correct knowledge about the concept. Further, we find that education, societal perception, caste, and spousal discussion about the reproductive issues are the primary factors affecting the knowledge about the pregnancy risk during the menstrual cycle.

ConclusionsThere is an urgent need for sex education in the region to make the urban men more educated about the reproductive process of women; this may reduce unwanted births and abortion due to an unwanted pregnancy as well. The study promotes the higher education and motivates couples to discuss the reproductive health issues among them. In this manner, we can provide better reproductive health to the women of urban India.

KeywordsPregnancy risk Menstrual cycle Reproductive health Discriminant analysis Unwanted pregnancy Abortion, Misconceptions, Fertile Window. AbbreviationsDADiscriminant analysis

MCMenstrual cycle

MFPMModern family planning methods

MLEMeasurement, learning, and evaluation

OBCOther backward castes

SC-STScheduled caste-scheduled tribes

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Autor: Prashant Verma - Kaushalendra Kumar Singh - Anjali Singh

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