Males's understanding of fertility consciousness is basically undervalued, one research exhibits

"I think children are cute", "the future of our world looks bleak" – why men have children or not, was investigated by a researcher from the University of Malmö.

The medical and social sciences have seriously underestimated the reasons men have children and their understanding of fertility awareness. Maja Bodin wants to address the problem in her research report: “A wonderful experience or a frightening engagement? An examination of men's reasons for (not) having children.

Their results were part of a larger fertility awareness study that gave men the opportunity to talk to a midwife about fertility.

Before the interview, the men completed a questionnaire to record the social demographics of the group. However, it ended with two open questions: why do you want to have children and why do you not want to have children?

"Most studies simply assume that people want children, and when asked whether or not you do, it's just a 'yes' or' no 'or' # 39; Maybe 'answer. They stop there, they don't ask why.

“There are studies that show that a lot of people, especially men, just go with the flow. They haven't really thought about why they want children. But I wonder if this is true, I think they ask the question just never understood. "said Bodin.

The results of these two questions were analyzed and found five categories: images of being a father, passing on something, personal development and self-image, the possible relationship with the co-parent and practical circumstances and requirements.

Some men had a vision of parenting and family life and looked forward to the experience. They longed for children and thought it would be joyful and having children is the meaning of life; They described children as cute, funny, nice.

On the other hand, some men didn't particularly like children and found them annoying or difficult to manage. They also did not feel ready for the task or did not see themselves as a "daddy type".

"One of the most common reasons people wanted children was to pass something on to the next generation, either genes or social heritage, traditions and values ​​- they wanted to see a little version of themselves.

"Others did not want to pass their genes on because they had a disease or because they pointed to overpopulation, climate change and the bleak future. Some thought this would lead to personal development: that they would learn and the experience would enrich theirs. Others believed otherwise, that this would mean that they couldn't do what they wanted. "

Bodin collected the data in sex clinics in Uppsala and Stockholm. The average age of the participants was 28 years; 72 percent wanted children, one fifth of whom would like to have a child within two years.

Bodin was surprised that these questions, which were only a very small part of a larger study, contained a lot of information and variety in the answers. Although most men wanted children, many of them also gave reasons why they would not want children.

It shows that there are many people out there who think about the pros and cons, and that reproductive decisions are not as easy as they may seem. "

Maja Bodin, researcher, Malmö University


Journal reference:

Bodin, M. et al. (2021) A wonderful experience or a scary engagement? An investigation into men's reasons for (not) having children. Reproductive BioMedicine & Society.

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