Correlates of receiving reproductive health care services among U.S. men aged 15 to 44 years

Am J Mens Health. 2011 Jul;5(4):358-66. doi: 10.1177/1557988310395007.


Men have a significant role in reproductive health decision making and behavior, including family planning and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).Yet studies on reproductive health care of men are scarce. The National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2008 provided data that allowed assessment of the predisposing, enabling, and need factors associated with men's receipt of reproductive health services in the United States. Although more than half (54%) of U.S. men received at least one health care service in the 12 months prior to the survey, far fewer had received birth control counseling/methods, including condoms (12%) and STD/HIV testing/STD treatment (12%). Men with publicly funded health insurance and men who received physical exam were more likely to receive reproductive health services when compared with men with private health insurance and men who did not receive a physical exam. Men who reported religion was somewhat important were significantly more likely to receive birth control counseling/ methods than men who stated religion was very important. The pseudo-R (2) (54%), a measure of model fit improvement, suggested that enabling factors accounted for the strongest association with receiving either birth control counseling/ methods or STD/HIV testing/STD treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Men's Health*
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Odds Ratio
  • Reproductive Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Reproductive Medicine*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Statistics as Topic
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult