'I got pregnant, I was so like … crying inside …': experiences of women of Pakistani ancestry seeking contraception in the UK
Lowe, Pam, Griffiths, Frances and sidhu, Rashbinder. (2007) 'I got pregnant, I was so like … crying inside …': experiences of women of Pakistani ancestry seeking contraception in the UK. Diversity in Health and Social Care, Vol.4 (No.1). pp. 69-76. ISSN 1743-4904Full text not available from this repository.
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South Asian women in Britain are less likely to use contraception than women in other ethnic groups. Previous studies have identified a lack of knowledge combined with low levels of English language and/or literacy as barriers to using contraception, but have not examined in detail women's experiences of accessing services. This qualitative study focused on the experiences of 19 Muslim women of Pakistani ancestry and the views of six health and community workers. The findings detail considerable institutional barriers to accessing contraceptive services, such as a lack of information and the paternalistic attitudes of some health professionals. The study suggests that, although all the women were motivated to access and use contraception, their ability to make informed choices was often limited. It was only when the women encountered advocates, who might be professionals or from their social networks, that they could begin to take control of their fertility. This study is consistent with earlier research and shows that lack of access to contraceptive services can have high personal and social costs for South Asian women.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||South Asians -- Health and hygiene -- Great Britain, Pakistanis -- Health and hygiene -- Great Britain, Birth control -- Great Britain, Contraception -- Religious aspects -- Islam|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Diversity in Health and Social Care|
|Publisher:||Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 69-76|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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