A new study shows that young women who aren’t trying to get pregnant are more than twice as likely to use birth control when their partners are "very" in favor of it.
The study, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at 435 couples in Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. The women in the couples were aged 18 to 25, were not pregnant, and did not want to become pregnant.
While the men and women in the study said they played an active role in deciding whether birth control was used, there was significant disagreement between partners about whether they’d actually talked about birth control. Furthermore, the researchers found that even though the women in the study said that they did not want to get pregnant, most of them were having unprotected sex.
Researchers say that this information will change public health campaigns that traditionally just targeted women when it came to encouraging birth control use.
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