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Social Construction of Choice of Contraception Method

Student: Polina Krapchitova

Supervisor: Radik A. Sadykov

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Sociology (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

The study analyzes the design of contraceptive practices for Russian women. Due to the conservative turn in Russia's demographic policy, as well as the lack of institutionalized sex education, women's awareness of contraceptive methods remains low (Hooper, 2010). In such conditions, issues related to contraception are becoming more and more relevant for Russia: how women choose their preferred method of contraception, what sources of information they use, and what kind of information they have in mind when using contraception. The theoretical basis of the research is based on the Foucauldian conception of “disciplined bodies” (Foucault, 2018), as well as the concept of “embodied experience” (or knowledge-through-the-body) which describes how bodily sensations can act as a source of information, including when choosing a particular method of contraception (Hester, 2005). As a result of the study, it was possible to show how women construct the choice of the preferable method of contraception, using bodily sensations, both on a physical level and an emotional level. In addition, the study sheds light on how decisions about contraception methods are impacted by the relationship with a doctor, a partner, as well as what sources of information women use when looking for a method of contraception and how they subjectively assess the risks associated with taking certain contraceptives.

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