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E-ISSN : 2148-9696
Crescent Journal of
Medical and Biological Sciences
Oct 2019, Vol 6, Issue 4
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Original Article
The Barriers of Men's Involvement in Sexual and Reproductive Health: a Mixed-Method Study
Ziba Taghizadeh1, Hamid Ravaghi2, Nasrin Sarafraz3, Nahid Jafari4
1Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2Department of Health Services Management, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Department of Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4Vice Chancellery for Health Iran Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran

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Keywords : Barriers, Sexual and reproductive health, Iran, mixed-method
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Objectives: Maintaining and promoting women's reproductive health is one of the main goals of health care. Meanwhile, men play a substantial role in the success or failure of reproductive health programs, which unfortunately are unknown in many countries, including Iran, and face many problems. The purpose of this study was to investigate the barriers to the role and understanding of men's involvement in the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of their wives.

Materials and Methods: A Study was conducted in two steps as a mixed-method(review and qualitative design). In the first step, relevant data were retrieved usingthe following online databases: Scopus, Medline, Science Direct, Google Scholar, SID, Noormags, and Magiran. In the second step, additional information and supplementary codes were gathered using anin-depth semi-structured person interview in13 married men and two focus groups among 14married women after obtaining informed consent.

Results: Findings showed that man had a good perception of participation in reproductive health at the levels of family supervision and management, creating a suitable condition for his wife’s pregnancy and overall Health, and also taking actions on the ways of medical care and preventions, providing informative and helpful educations for his wife. However, a wide range of economic and occupational, mental, cultural and social, educational and informational barriers and policy barriers to the health care system of the community have prevented their participation in SRH care and programs

Conclusion: It is expected that the policymakers and stakeholders may be with considering these barriers to men s’ involvement in SRH in their policy and management plans, can help to develop men’s participation in SRH care of their women.


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