Young men's perceptions and attitudes towards two fertility awareness interventions and preferences for future initiatives

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This study explored young Danish men's perceptions and attitudes towards two fertility awareness (FA) interventions (a podcast episode and an informational poster) and their preferences for how fertility awareness and prevention efforts should be targeted and communicated to young men in the future. Focus groups were held with 13 young men who were between the ages of 25-35 and in a committed relationship over Zoom in January 2021. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Young men preferred FA interventions to be factual as in the informational poster and to include personal stories that could serve as conversation starters as in the podcast. According to the young men, FA interventions should communicate using positive language and humour and not be negative or shaming. They preferred intervention formats like TV-programmes, podcasts, and social media. The participants also suggested fertility information should be included in sexual education in high school and vocational education. This research suggests that future FA campaigns should be developed in cooperation with the target group together with clinicians, and concurrent studies using different intervention formats should be performed. In all probability, a mix of different interventions is necessary to attain the desired effect to ensure long-lasting fertility awareness.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Fertility
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)312-325
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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