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Reproductive Coercion: How Men Trick Women Into Becoming Pregnant

How Men Trick Women Into Becoming Pregnant

The idea of man messing with his partner's birth control sounds terrible but not too common — yet it's not terribly uncommon. A study conducted last year among 1,300 16 to 29-year-old women found 15 percent reported birth control sabotage.

Not surprisingly a man who gets in the mood by puncturing holes in condoms is also likely to physically abuse women. Of the 53 percent who reported physical or sexual violence from a partner, 35 percent also had partners who either tampered with birth control or coerced them to get pregnant. In fact, among women who were victims of both violence and coercion, the risk of unintended pregnancy doubled.

So what exactly are these men doing? Here are some stories from Know More, Say More, a site that explores the connection between reproductive health and violence.


[He] deliberately sabotaged the condoms — pretending that they’d slipped or broken, when in fact he would purposely remove the condom before ejaculating.

He always refused to wear a condom and would act offended when I suggested he use one.

He said the pill made women want to have sex all the time, and that I’d start to cheat on him and sleep with random boys because I wouldn’t need to use a condom any more.

[A] whole rows of pills would disappear. When Carollee called her boyfriend on the disappearing birth control, he responded that he “knew” she wanted to have his child.

Factor in that men who refuse to not only help pay for abortions, but also threaten physical or emotional violence if a woman does not keep the baby, and it gives a whole new meaning to unwanted pregnancy.

Source: Flickr User SpentPenny

Join The Conversation
Veka Veka 7 years
I've heard plenty of stories of women getting pregnant and "forgetting" BC, but I've never heard it the other way around. I guess men do this so that they can be in control over the woman? Truly scary. It seems like it gets harder every day to find a good guy. I'm glad I found mine! Steer clear of the crazies, ladies!
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
How awful.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
It is so disturbing that there are people out there like this.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
This is awful, seriously. Just AWFUL!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
This is terrible.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Yeah, that's sadistic really.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
Creepy. I would never expect this to be a problem.
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
Whoa. I had no idea that this was a problem.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
That is scary!
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 7 years
It's awful that these things happen. It's even more scary when you consider the fact that the highest number of serious injuries or murders in abusive relationships occur when 1) the woman tries leaving or 2) the woman is pregnant.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
that is scary stuff
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