Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Engaging Men in Family Planning

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals set a target of universal access to sexual and reproductive health services by 2030, but this target will be difficult to reach without greater male participation in family planning. Only 10 percent of married couples worldwide use modern male methods (condoms and vasectomies), compared with 47 percent who use modern female methods.

Expanding family planning outreach and services to include men may help normalize the concept of men as contraceptive users. It can foster shared responsibility for contraceptive use among couples, open the door to more gender-equitable relationships, and increase the use of male contraceptive methods.

As part of the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) Project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), PRB created an infographic to present a snapshot of men’s use of modern contraceptive methods and highlight data that identify opportunities to engage more adolescent boys and men. The infographic includes data on men’s use and knowledge of modern contraceptive methods, men’s attitudes towards family planning, and an interactive global map that provides country-level data on modern contraceptive prevalence rates. For example, data on men’s attitudes toward family planning, as measured by Demographic and Health Surveys, show that most men are in favor of sharing the responsibility for family planning to avoid a pregnancy. Support for family planning among men rises among those with higher levels of education, greater wealth, more children, or who live in urban areas