The role of heterosexual men in contraception decision-making and pregnancy prevention

Project Details

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Most research about contraception, sexual relationships and pregnancy prevention come from the perspectives of women and health providers. There is limited information available about the experiences of men. We are conducting individual interviews to explore the role of men in pregnancy prevention from the perspectives of men, aged 18-45, living in Australia. The aim of this research is to better understand how to support men and their partners in achieving their reproductive goals. We want to answer questions like: how do men contribute to pregnancy prevention in their casual and/or long-term relationships? Do men feel like they have enough information to talk about contraception? If an unintended pregnancy were to occur, what role do young men feel they play in making decisions about what happens next?

Interviews with men

In 2023 we will commence interviews with young Australian men aged 18-45 about their role in making decisions about contraception and pregnancy. This study has been approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee, ID: 24558. You can read more about the study in our Plain Language Statement. You can contact us at if you have any questions.


This project is being undertaken by Cassandra Caddy, a PhD Student in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Cassandra is being supervised by Dr Jacqueline Coombe and Professor Meredith Temple-Smith.


Cassandra Caddy is supported by a University of Melbourne PhD Scholarship.

Research Outcomes

Research outcomes will be available here on completion of the study.

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Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

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