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Birth control sabotage, or reproductive coercion, refers to efforts to manipulate another person's use of birth control or to undermine efforts to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Examples include replacing birth control pills with fakes, puncturing condoms, or threats and violence should an individual attempt to use birth control.

It is frequently associated with physical or sexual violence, and is a possible contributor to high pregnancy rates, especially teenage pregnancy rates, among abused women and teenagers.

Studies on the birth control sabotage performed by males against female partners have indicated a strong correlation between domestic violence and birth control sabotage, and identified two main classes of the phenomenon:

  • Verbal sabotage: verbal or emotional pressure not to use birth control, or pressure to become pregnant.
  • Behavioral sabotage: the use of force to prevent the use of birth control, or to have unprotected sexual intercourse.

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