Attitude of Men Towards Contraceptive Use in India: A Case Study of the High Focus State of Bihar

  • Anuradha Banerjee
  • Vidyasagar Trigun


India has one of the earliest histories of family planning and contraceptive use among the developing regions of the world. The Family Planning Association in India was formed as early as 1949, just after independence in 1947. The nationwide family planning programme was launched in 1952 in the immediate aftermath of the First Five Year Plan in 1951. In spite of sustained and prolonged efforts, contraceptive coverage remains low and unmet needs remain high in the country. Contraceptive use in the country is highly women-centric and has also traditionally targeted women due to existing patriarchal norms, gender inequality, and female stereotyping in unions and reproduction.



Fieldwork has been conducted by Dr. Vidyasager Trigun from 2011 to 2012 in the sampled areas under the direction and supervision provided by the author. Problems related to contraceptive use have also been recorded by the author from the narratives of contact persons and researchers whose state of domicile is Bihar, India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anuradha Banerjee
    • 1
  • Vidyasagar Trigun
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR)New DelhiIndia

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