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dc.contributor.authorJansen, Karine Aasgaard
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-04T16:24:11Z
dc.date.available2021-05-04T16:24:11Z
dc.date.issued2020-01-01
dc.identifieroai:www.cmi.no:7751
dc.identifier.citationin Culture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care
dc.identifier.issn1369-1058
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11250/2753570
dc.description.abstractThis article discusses students' perspectives on fertility control, including induced abortion, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The study draws on a total of nine weeks of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in 2016 and 2017. It argues that while the majority of of the students do not refrain from premarital sex, they negotiate their desire for physical intimacy in accordance with the prevailing discourse of premarital abstinence among the Merina ethnic group in the central highlands. In this context, modern contraception, particularly hormonal birth control that could cause menstruation to cease, is considered highly problematic since it was believed capable of creating a 'blockage' of the reproductive system which in turn could lead to future infertility. Due to such cultural barriers, there is therefore low coverage and unmet need for contraception among Malagasy students in Antananarivo. Instead, they would rather rely heavily on traditional methods such as periodic abstinence or the calender method. Moreover, due to the risk of unwanted pregnancy, menstruation is central to the moral control of own and other's sexual behaviour at both a personal and a collective level.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relationCulture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care
dc.relation.ispartofCulture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCulture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care
dc.relation.urihttps://www.cmi.no/publications/7751-cleaning-the-womb-perspectives-on-fertility-control-and-menstruation-among-students-in-antananarivo
dc.subjectContraception
dc.subjectAbortion
dc.subjectMenstruation
dc.subjectCultural Practices
dc.subjectMadagascar
dc.subjectStudents
dc.title‘Cleaning the womb’: perspectives on fertility control and menstruation among students in Antananarivo, Madagascar
dc.typeJournal article
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.identifier.cristin1825084


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