'Reproductive coercion' is quite a reality among many women and for those who are unaware, it is a form of abuse, where men obstruct women from executing birth control by discarding condoms, hiding birth control pills or even in rare cases pulling out intrauterine devices.
Reproductive coercion comes under the category of 'abuse' as it is a form of controlling the women's choice by forcing a reluctant girlfriend or wife to get pregnant.
It is important that health care providers make it a point to screen women for signs of abuse during regular check-ups and pregnancy visits.
"We want to make sure that health care providers are aware that this is something that does go on and that it's a form of abuse," says Veronica Gillispie, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Ochsner Health System.
Statistics show that reproductive coercion is an experience among 25% of teen girls with abusive partners and 15% of women. It is important to get the truth out from people who are abused in relationships and instill confidence that they can alter the situation.
Stopping such form of abuse is important. The next step is to help young boys and girls avoid getting into abusive relationships by making correct judgments.