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Men and sexual and reproductive healthcare in the Nordic countries: a scoping review
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0609-8745
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health. Centre for Sami Health Research, Department of Community Medicine, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1580-8307
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4714-9331
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.
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2021 (English)In: BMJ Open, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 11, no 9, article id e052600Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Context: Men generally seek healthcare less often than women and, other than traditional gender norms, less is known about the explanation. The aim was to identify knowledge gaps and factors influencing men regarding sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRHC) in the Nordic countries.

Methods: We searched PubMed and SveMed+ for peer-reviewed articles published between January 2010 and May 2020. The analyses identified factors influencing men’s experiences of and access to SRHC.

Results: The majority of the 68 articles included focused on pregnancy, birth, infertility and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. During pregnancy and childbirth, men were treated as accompanying partners rather than individuals with their own needs. The knowledge and attitudes of healthcare providers were crucial for their ability to provide SRHC and for the experiences of men. Organisational obstacles, such as women-centred SRHC and no assigned healthcare profession for men’s sexual and reproductive health issues, hindered men’s access to SRHC. Lastly, the literature rarely discussed the impact of health policies on men’s access to SRHC.

Conclusions: The literature lacked the perspectives of specific groups of men such as migrants, men who have sex with men and transmen, as well as the experiences of men in SRHC related to sexual function, contraceptive use and gender-based violence. These knowledge gaps, taken together with the lack of a clear entry point for men into SRHC, indicate the necessity of an improved health and medical education of healthcare providers, as well as of health system interventions.

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BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, 2021. Vol. 11, no 9, article id e052600
Keywords [en]
public health, sexual dysfunction, sexual medicine
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Gender Studies
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Public health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-188018DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-052600ISI: 000703167900007PubMedID: 34593504Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85116592802OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-188018DiVA, id: diva2:1599422
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Public Health Agency of Sweden Available from: 2021-09-30 Created: 2021-09-30 Last updated: 2023-08-28Bibliographically approved

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