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Birth control sabotage

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 with placebos, 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.

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