Over half of men 'don't benefit from women's contraception'

More than half of men say they don't benefit from women having access to free contraception, according to a new study. Some 52 per cent of men believe that a woman's access to free birth control does not personally benefit them, with men over 60 being most likely to give this answer.

The study, which was conducted by Washington-based firm PerryUndem, asked more than 1,000 people about contraception to get an idea of how different genders view it. It found that although 54 per cent of men believed that women being able to access had an effect on their happiness, just 37 per cent said they had personally benefited from this access.

The rise in the number of women in skilled careers from 1970 to 1990 is thought to be due, in part, to the increase in access to birth control for women. This coupled with the fact that 80 per cent of survey respondents said that women should be able to have sex for pleasure - which was more than the 76 per cent that said the same for men - shows that birth control access is a hugely important part of being a woman today.

On top of this, many respondents cited other benefits to having access to affordable or free birth control for women, including affecting the financial situation of families (72 per cent), affecting women's opportunities to be financially stable (62 per cent), affecting stress in relationships (69 per cent) and affecting the wellbeing of families (68 per cent). Other benefits included helping the economy (67 per cent) and helping the community (70 per cent).

When asked about the political side of birth control, there was another divide between genders, with 71 per cent of people agreeing that politicians tend to see women's healthcare as a political issue compared to just 25 per cent thinking the same with regards to men. Some 75 per cent also thought that if men were the ones to get pregnant, the birth control benefit would be kept and politicians would not consider repealing it. 

The study highlights both the importance of access to contraception for women, as well as a need for further education on its benefits for both men and women. ADNFCR-2094-ID-801834028-ADNFCR