Withdrawal method linked to condom, pregnancy perceptions

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – Up to 17 percent of young adults in the U.S. may be using “withdrawal” to prevent pregnancy, although not necessarily relying just on that method, a new study finds. In the sample population of 15-24 year olds, men and women who feared condoms would interfere with pleasure and women who said they would be “pleased” by an unplanned pregnancy were two to four times more likely than others to have used withdrawal. “The condom and pleasure variable didn’t surprise me, it’s intuitive, it makes sense, but I think the strength of its association surprised me,” said study coauthor Jenny Higgins, a public health researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She added that scientists don’t often ask about pleasure in research on contraception and condoms but when they do, they learn a lot more about who is using certain methods and why.
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