Men Aged 15–44 in Need of Preconception Care

Ifta Choiriyyah, Freya L. Sonenstein, Nan M. Astone, Joseph H. Pleck, Jacinda K. Dariotis, Arik V. Marcell

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Objectives: Preconception care for men focuses on prevention strategies implemented prior to conception of a first or subsequent pregnancy to improve pregnancy and infant outcomes. Little is known about U.S. men in need of preconception care. This analysis describes the proportion of men in need of preconception care and associations of these needs by background characteristics, related health conditions, access to care and receipt of services. Methods: Data from men aged 15–44 in the National Survey of Family Growth 2006–2010 were analyzed to describe men in need of preconception care, based on future childbearing intentions and self and partner fecundity status (among sexually experienced only), and associated factors with these needs using weighted bivariate analyses. Results: About 60 % of men are in need of preconception care. Higher prevalence of being in need was observed among men aged 15–29 than older; living in urban than non-urban settings; in school than not in school regardless of working status; not in a coresidential union than married or cohabiting; who were recent immigrants than U.S. born; and reporting never having had a child than ≥1 child(ren). Men in need were overweight/obese (56 %), ever binge drank in the last year (58 %), and have high STI risk (21 %). The majority of men in need reported access to care in the last year (>70 %), but few reported receipt of services including STD/HIV testing (<20 %) or counseling (<11 %). Conclusions for Practice: Findings from this analysis have implications for promoting preconception care among U.S. men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2358-2365
Number of pages8
JournalMaternal and child health journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • Healthcare access
  • Men’s health
  • Preconception health
  • Prevention strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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