Journal article

Women's contraceptive decision-making: Juggling the needs of the sexual body and the fertile body

Louise A Keogh

WOMEN & HEALTH | HAWORTH PRESS INC | Published : 2005

Abstract

The contradictions faced by women in the area of fertility management justify an in-depth qualitative study of contraceptive use. The experience of needing emergency contraception (EC) is an opportunity to study decision-making about fertility management. Thirty-two in-depth interviews were conducted with users of EC recruited in Melbourne, Australia. Women were juggling the needs of the sexual body and the fertile body. The sexual body was expected to be available in women's relationships, and the fertile body required protection from pregnancy in the present and preservation for the future. The needs of these two bodies were very often in conflict and women chose to resolve this conflict i..

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