Reproductive Coercion Is Associated With Violence From Male Partners.
Reproductive coercion is when "Male partners actively attempt to promote pregnancy against the will of their female partners," says Elizabeth...
Reproductive coercion is when "Male partners actively attempt to promote pregnancy against the will of their female partners," says Elizabeth Miller, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the UC Davis School of Medicine and a practitioner at UC Davis Children's Hospital. Of course reproductive coercion is not cool. You should have a baby when you're ready and willing, not because someone is forcing you. Sadly, in an article published in the January issue of the journal Contraception, "Pregnancy Coercion, Intimate Partner Violence and Unintended Pregnancy," found that reproductive coercion is associated with violence from male partners. The study further notes that when women reported experiencing both reproductive coercion and partner violence, the risk for unintended pregnancy increased significantly. Questions asked in the study included:
- "Has someone you were dating or going out with ever told you not to use any birth control" or "… said he would leave you if you would not get pregnant?"
- "Has someone you were dating or going out with ever taken off the condom while you were having sex so that you would get pregnant?"
- One in five young women said they experienced pregnancy coercion.
- 15% said they experienced birth control sabotage.
- 53% said they had experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner.
- More than a third of the women who reported partner violence - 35% - also reported either pregnancy coercion or birth control sabotage.