Birth control sabotage
is a phenomenon where an intimate partner tries to control the other's reproduction, manipulating birth control
use and undermining efforts to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Examples include replacing birth control pills
, poking hole(s) in condoms
, or simply threats and violence should an individual attempt to control their reproductive future.
Several studies have indicated a strong association between domestic violence and birth control sabotage, and identified two main classes of the phenomenon:
- Verbal sabotage: verbal or emotional pressure to not use birth control or to fall pregnant.
- Behavioural sabotage: the use of force to prevent the use of birth control, or to have unprotected sexual intercourse.