Researchers conducted this study to determine contraception knowledge among United Arab Emirates (UAE) men.
The study design was a cross-sectional survey. Participants were Four hundred UAE monogamously married men with children.
The participants were randomly selected from the community and interviewed about contraception knowledge and practice using a structured questionnaire.
A total of 348 men (87%) gave consent to participate in the study. Two hundred and ninety-four participants (84.5%) were aware of the availability of male contraceptive methods, but only 94 (27%) were currently using these methods; 39 (41.5%) used condoms, 30 (31.9%) practiced coitus interruptus, 24 (25.5%) practiced the rhythm method, and only one (1.1%) had been sterilized. Male contraception was accepted by 116 (33.3%) subjects of the total study population. The reasons for the objections were: religious 133 (57.3%), cultural barriers 47 (20.3%), personal beliefs 29 (12.5%), medical disorders 18 (7.8%) and economical factors five (2.2%).
The study concluded that the level of awareness of contraception among men attending primary care in the UAE is moderate. Two-thirds of the study subjects objected to the use of contraception by their wives, and less than 20% practice contraception themselves.