Perceived partner fertility desires and influence on contraceptive use*

Susannah E. Gibbs, Caroline Moreau

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Background: Perceived discordance of fertility desires may be more common among couples with certain sociodemographic characteristics and may lead to lower contraceptive use. Methods: Using nationally representative data from adults ages 15–49 in France in 2010, we analysed associations between sociodemographic characteristics, perceived discordance of fertility desires and contraceptive use with design-based logistic regression. Results: Only 8% of participants perceived discordant fertility desires while 92% perceived concordance with partner fertility desire. Discordance varied by age and relationship duration and by the presence of children from previous relationships. Perceived discordance was not associated with use of a hormonal or highly effective method. Beyond own intentions, perception of a partner’s fertility desires was associated with using a highly effective method among participants using any method. Conclusions: Engaging men and couples in family planning programmes may be important for achieving both partners’ desired fertility goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 30 2017


  • contraceptive use
  • Couples
  • fertility desires
  • France

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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