Scientific publication: Results from a qualitative study on male views on female condoms

Oct 2, 2015

Winny Koster, Marije Groot Bruinderink and Wendy Janssens conducted a unique qualitative study on men’s ideas about female condoms in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cameroon. The study is unique because male opinions on this topic are generally ignored. It was published on 30 September 2015 in International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Study outcomes
The men indicated to be curious about the female condom and appreciate it because it enhances sexual pleasure compared to male condoms and has less side-effects than other contraceptive methods.

In contrast to common assumptions, they preferred using the female condom with stable rather than casual partners, and for contraception rather than HIV protection.

They considered it unacceptable for a woman to initiate female condom use, suggesting that marketing the condom as a means of female empowerment may not be productive. In Sub-Saharan Africa, decisions about sex and contraception are considered men’s prerogative. Therefore, marketing strategies aimed at both men and women may be the best way to increase use.

Read more about it in our article: “Empowering Women or Pleasing Men? Analyzing Male Views on Female Condom Use in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cameroon.” By: Winny Koster, Marije Groot Bruinderink and Wendy Janssens. In: International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Official reference:
Koster, W., M. Groot Bruinderink, W. Janssens (2015). “Empowering women or Pleasing Men? Analyzing Male Views on Female Condom Use in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cameroon”. International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 41(3), 126–135, doi: 10.1363/4112615

Contact:
Marije Groot Bruinderink – m.groot.bruinderink@aiid.org