Perceptions of Postpartum Family Planning in Extended Postpartum Period among Men in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania: A Qualitative Study

  •  Godfrey Kacholi    
  •  Asia Fadhil Msofe    
  •  Rogate Phinias Ibrahim    
  •  Mackfallen G. Anasel    


INTRODUCTION: Several policies and programs have aimed to expand rates of extended postpartum family planning among women than among men in low- and middle-income countries and Tanzania is no exception. This study aimed to explore perceptions of men on postpartum family planning in extended postpartum period among men in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania.

METHODS: This qualitative study collected information using pretested interview guide from 28 male participants whose spouses were currently in the extended postpartum period. Participants were purposeful and conveniently enrolled in the study. The study was conducted in three primary health facilities in Morogoro Municipality in Tanzania from 22 February to 24 March 2021.

RESULTS: The study found that most participants demonstrated a good understanding of postpartum family planning methods and their advantages. Male condoms were mostly preferred as their main postpartum family planning method; however, compliance with condom use was reported to be very low. Results on religious considerations and beliefs about postpartum family planning were mixed.

CONCLUSION: The choice of postpartum family planning services among men is limited. Male involvement and strengthened accessibility of postpartum family planning services are key in accelerating progress in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes.

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