More men taking contraception seriously

Men are taking contraception increasingly seriously, a new survey has found.

Researchers discovered that 94 per cent of men believe both parties should take responsibility for ensuring contraception is used.

Over a fifth (22 per cent) said that a condom should always be used to avoid pregnancy, and more than a third claimed that, if a male version of the pill were to be developed, they would be willing to take it.

The Family Planning Association (fpa) said that men were clearly taking more responsibility for sexual health.

Chief executive Anne Weyman told the Glasgow Daily Record: "We can now say with confidence that men in the noughties have very positive and modern attitudes towards contraception.

"By thinking about using a condom first, these men are taking power and control of their own body to prevent pregnancy, independently of what women are doing."

The poll is part of the fpa's new campaign targeting men and contraception, which will run throughout the sexual health charity's 2008 Contraceptive Awareness Week (February 11th - 17th).

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