Young people can safely use a variety of contraceptive methods, examples of which include; the pill, male and female condom, the intrauterine device (IUD), injectable, implants, female sterilisation, male sterilisation etc.
Nearly 90% of 15-19-year olds approve of contraception however many of those sexually active are not using contraceptives. Here are 9 things you should know about contraceptives:
- Only 15% of females and 31% of males currently use any modern contraceptives.
- Using contraception is vital to protect the health of women. The rising level of contraceptive use have led to a decrease in the level of unintended pregnancies among young Malawians.
- Contraception has reduced maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Further improving maternal health, and promoting women’s empowerment and equality.
- The policymakers are convinced that contraception will alleviate unnecessary financial burden on the country’s health system. Diverting precious financial resources to other critical areas of the health system.
- Contraception can have side effects. Young women are often less tolerant of these side effects, however with more guidance and counselling they will get to know what to expect and may be less likely to stop using contraception.
- Contraception can also prevent STD’s, common in younger people, more sexually active people.
- People choose to use contraception due to the health advantages as well. For example, some personal birth control methods may help regulate your period, reduce acne and or lower endometriosis-related pain.
- It is understood that contraception reduces the risk of developing certain reproductive cancers and can be used to treat menstrual related symptoms and disorders.
- Contraception reduces the need for abortion, especially unsafe abortion.
- It reinforces peoples rights to determine the number and spacing of their children.
There is no doubt that contraception has many benefits; to the individual, your family, your community, the policy makers, government and country.
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Sources: Chipeta K. E et al (2010), Contraceptive knowledge, beliefs and attitudes in Rural Malawi: Misinformation, misbeliefs and misperceptions, Center for Reproductive Health, College of Medicine, University of Malawi
Government of Malawi.2011. Guidelines for family planning communication. Lilongwe: government of Malawi
Malawi Ministry of Health (2009). National Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy. Malawi: MoH