Low rates of vasectomy among minorities: A result of differential receipt of counseling?

Sonya Borrero, Charity G. Moore, Mitchell D Creinin, Said A. Ibrahim

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Male sterilization is a highly effective contraceptive method that is underused especially among minorities. This analysis examined the association between race/ethnicity and receipt of sterilization counseling. This study used data collected by the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. The analysis included men 15 to 44 years old who had not undergone sterilization. The outcome was receipt of sterilization counseling in the 12 months prior to interview, and the primary predictor was race/ethnicity. Sociodemographic characteristics, history of fathering an unintended birth, intention for more children, and access to health care were examined as confounders. Sixty-one (1.7%) men reported receiving sterilization counseling. Although counseling was reported more commonly by Black and Hispanic men compared with White men, the rates were not significantly different (odds ratio [OR] = 2.4, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.8-7.1 and OR = 1.9, 95% CI = 0.9-4.1, respectively). In this nationally representative sample of men aged 15 to 44 years, there were exceedingly low rates of sterilization counseling for all men regardless of race/ethnicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-249
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • contraception
  • disparities
  • health services
  • sterilization
  • vasectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)


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