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BIRTH CONTROL IN CHINA : CHOICES AVAILABLE AND CHOICES MADE

Gelner, Elizabeth (2004)
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Abstract
Chinese women have, by international standards, a comparatively low rate of birth control pill use. This study attempts, through interviews with social scientists and pharmacy surveys, to determine why women do not choose contraceptive pills more often. Interviews with patients and doctors reveal that there are several factors which combine to strongly dissuade women from using birth control pills. Policy makers in the past preferred methods not prone to patient tampering, doctors tend to rate side effects as high, and effectiveness as relatively low, and women have internalized both of these attitudes. Women themselves trust IUDs because of the perceived risks of hormonal methods, but these attitudes are shifting with time. In addition,... (More)
Chinese women have, by international standards, a comparatively low rate of birth control pill use. This study attempts, through interviews with social scientists and pharmacy surveys, to determine why women do not choose contraceptive pills more often. Interviews with patients and doctors reveal that there are several factors which combine to strongly dissuade women from using birth control pills. Policy makers in the past preferred methods not prone to patient tampering, doctors tend to rate side effects as high, and effectiveness as relatively low, and women have internalized both of these attitudes. Women themselves trust IUDs because of the perceived risks of hormonal methods, but these attitudes are shifting with time. In addition, Chinese women are often not given a choice in the birth control method they choose, although this too is changing. (Less)
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author
Gelner, Elizabeth
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
China, birth-control, birth-control pills, IUD, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper
language
English
id
1327549
date added to LUP
2006-08-15
date last changed
2006-08-15
@misc{1327549,
  abstract     = {Chinese women have, by international standards, a comparatively low rate of birth control pill use. This study attempts, through interviews with social scientists and pharmacy surveys, to determine why women do not choose contraceptive pills more often. Interviews with patients and doctors reveal that there are several factors which combine to strongly dissuade women from using birth control pills. Policy makers in the past preferred methods not prone to patient tampering, doctors tend to rate side effects as high, and effectiveness as relatively low, and women have internalized both of these attitudes. Women themselves trust IUDs because of the perceived risks of hormonal methods, but these attitudes are shifting with time. In addition, Chinese women are often not given a choice in the birth control method they choose, although this too is changing.},
  author       = {Gelner, Elizabeth},
  keyword      = {China,birth-control,birth-control pills,IUD,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {BIRTH CONTROL IN CHINA : CHOICES AVAILABLE AND CHOICES MADE},
  year         = {2004},
}