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Men’s sexual and reproductive health: healthcare experiences, resources and organisation

Research project The study explores current knowledge about the healthcare experience, organization and what resources and capacity in the form of knowledge, staff and networks are available in the health care, to meet the needs that exist regarding men's sexual and reproductive health.

Men can face challenges in access to and experience in sexual and reproductive healthcare. It is possible that masculinity norms and how care is organized are parts of the explanation. It can be more difficult for men to visit healthcare due to the lack of effective and clear communication and the fact that the services are primarily designed according to women's needs. The project aims to study experiences about men in sexual and reproductive healthcare in Sweden; what are men seeking help for, how services for men are organized and what resources are available.

Head of project

Project overview

Project period:

2020-01-01 2021-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

External partners

Public health agency of Sweden

Research area

Public health and health care science

Project description

Generally, men in Sweden have poorer health outcomes compared with women in the same socio-economic conditions. In the latest population study on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Sweden, which the Public Health Agency conducted in 2017, the majority expressed that they are satisfied with their sex life. However, young men and older men / women were least satisfied.

The study showed that some men had different types of problems related to sex life. Most men had not sought help for these problems (85 percent) and the majority of those who sought help (60 percent) felt that they had not received enough help.

Men can face challenges in access to and experience in sexual and reproductive healthcare. It is possible that masculinity norms and how care is organized are parts of the explanation. It can be more difficult for men to visit healthcare due to the lack of effective and clear communication and the fact that the services are primarily designed according to women's needs.

The project aim is to find answers to the following questions:

  • How do different professions perceive men's needs within SRH?

  • How does primary care and youth clinics work with men's SRH?

  • What resources does primary care and youth clinics have to work with
    men SRH?

  • How do specialized clinics work with men's SRH? How do they relate to primary care and the work of youth clinics?

  • Why do different clinics relate to each other in the way they do?

  • What is the role of the virtual helpline in men's SRH?