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Men’s involvement in family planning improves contraceptive use, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2890 (Published 20 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2890
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. Kolkata

Engaging men in family planning can substantially improve contraceptive practice and reduce sexual violence among married couples, a study published in PLoS One has found.1

The study assessed a gender equity and family planning counselling intervention, Counselling Husbands to Achieve Reproductive Health and Marital Equity (CHARM), in rural Maharashtra. The intervention included three sessions of counselling provided by male health workers to married men, both on their own (first and second session) and with their wives (third session).

Anita Raj, lead author of the study …

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