Contraceptive myths: a qualitative study investigating contraceptive myths amongst black female students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
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This qualitative study investigated the contraceptive myths held by black female students of the University of KwaZulu-Natal aged 18–27 years. Data for this study was collected through a focus group discussion and individual interviews. Majority of students who participated in this study indicated that they did not use condoms. Most participants appeared to have the knowledge of contraception and of risky sexual behaviours. The results also revealed that students are aware of the common myths and misconceptions about contraceptives, however, most of them perceived these myths to be true. Some of these myths included infertility and vaginal wetness as a result of using hormonal contraceptives. Participants also reported that their partners also influence their contraceptive use because of the myths they hold about contraceptive usage.