Journal article

Exploring the gray areas between "stealthing" and reproductive coercion and abuse

Laura Tarzia, Sonia Srinivasan, Jennifer Marino, Kelsey Hegarty

Women and Health: the multidisciplinary journal of women's health issues | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


The aim of this qualitative study was to understand and differentiate between women's experiences of "stealthing" (non-consensual condom removal) and reproductive coercion and abuse (RCA) which is defined as any deliberate attempt to control a woman's reproductive choices or interfere with her reproductive autonomy. These two experiences are often conflated within the literature, yet little is known about whether this understanding reflects women's lived reality. We recruited female participants from a large Australian metropolitan hospital who self-identified as having experienced a partner interfering with contraception or trying to force them to get pregnant or end a pregnancy against the..

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