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Contraceptive choices and sexual health of Japanese women living in Australia: A brief report from a qualitative study
Objective: This paper reports findings from a cohort of migrant Japanese women who participated in a study of Australian women's understanding and experience of contraceptives.
Method: In-depth, open-ended interviews were conducted between August 2012 and June 2013 in New South Wales. Audio-recorded interviews of seven Japanese women were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically.
Results: The four prominent themes were the condom and withdrawal methods, varying attitudes to contraceptive practices, discussing contraception and sexual issues with general practitioners (GPs), and the unspoken topic of sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
Discussion: Japanese migrants tend to choose the condom and withdrawal methods, which they perceive to be 'standard practice' in Japan. A greater understanding by Australian GPs of Japanese women's attitudes to contraception and sexual health issues could enhance the sexual health of Japanese women.
Publication titleAustralian Family Physician
Department/SchoolSchool of Nursing
PublisherRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publicationAustralia
Rights statementCopyright 2016 The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners