Connect with us


Misconceptions about family planning



Misconceptions about family planning

In spite of availability of family planning commodities, their usage has been largely turned down by the majority that need them in developing countries, writes APPOLONI A ADEYEMI



T oday, Mr. and Mrs. Toye and Stella Alabi bear a big burden. The couple has nine children and contends with their upbringing including feeding, clothing and paying for their education in private institutions.

They feel particularly over-burdened given the present socio-economic situation in the country where the falling value of the Naira has resulted in the uncontrollable rise in prices of basic necessesities.

A chat with Mrs Alabi recently revealed that if this family had another opportunity of going through their lives again, adopting some family planning method would be a key option.

However, given the ordeal they have been through in day-to-day living, struggling to make ends meet in the responsibility of their family upkeep, she confessed that it hasn’t been a mean task. Asked if she and her husband did not know about the advantages of contraceptives, she explained that negative stories of the impact of family planning commodities had actually put them off using the products.

Despite the hardship this couple faces, they are not alone in rejecting modern contraceptives. For Mr. Mark Chiejile, an accountant in his late 40s, his experience with contraceptives is the same. He regards them as untouchables.

“I will not allow my wife to use them,” he charged while discussing his attitude towards contraceptives. He noted that a close friend of his wife who lives next door is already going out of shape occasioned by weight gain from contraceptive use.

That apart, he said, “I cannot contemplate my wife using such drugs.” He added, “how do I check her from being promiscuous? She could conveniently play around with other men, if care is not taken.” Although, Echiejile admitted that he and his wife often resort to the using the withdrawal method, it has failed them thrice resulting in three unwanted pregnancies, all of which ended in abortions, he told New Telegraph.

For many adult Nigerian females including married and single women, unplanned pregnancies remain a big problem. Available data show that while some women that ended up with unplanned pregnancies accepted their fate by keeping the pregnancies, some pregnancies ended in abortion, which according to a new global report is reducing in developed countries.

The researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organisation (WHO) accumulated abortion data from nationally representative surveys, official statistics, published and unpublished studies.

The study which analysed worldwide abortion rates between 1990 to 2014 comparing rates in developed and developing nations, revealed that abortion rate falls to all-time low in developed countries because of better access to contraception.

While rates dropped from 46 to 27 per 1,000 women in developed countries with Eastern Europe seeing biggest fall, those in developing countries including Nigeria – where abortions can be unsafe – rates only declined from 39 to 37 per 1,000 in the same period. The researchers concluded that women in poorer countries do not have the same access to contraception as those in developed countries.

The study showed that worldwide, an average of 56 million abortions took place each year from 2010 to 2014, but there was no link between the rate of abortions and the strictness of a country’s abortion laws.

In countries where abortions were legally restricted and performed under unsafe conditions, rates were just as high as in countries where abortions were legal. In fact, researchers suggested that restrictive laws did not actually limit the number of abortions undertaken.

In Nigeria, abortion is illegal but could be done only when the life of a pregnant mother is at risk. Study co-author, Dr. Gilda Sedgh, of the Guttmacher Institute, New York, said: “In developed countries the continued fall in abortion rates is largely due to increased use of modern contraception that has given women greater control over the timing and number of children they want.

“In developing countries however, family planning services do not seem to be keeping up with the increasing desire for smaller families. “More than 80 per cent of unintended pregnancies are experienced by women with an unmet need for modern methods of contraception, and many unwanted pregnancies end in abortion.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 225 million women in developing countries would like to delay or stop childbearing but are not using any method of contraception.

According to medical experts, most of the reasons for refusal to use contraceptive products are based on misconceptions, cultural and religious beliefs. Miss Adewunmi Cooker, 29, and graduate bank employee said modern contraceptive use is against her religious belief. Although, she is a Catholic which propagates the natural methods of contraception,her failure to adopt it accordingly five years ago resulted in an unwanted pregnancy.

She ended up with aborting the pregnancy. Similarly, some cultures discourage women, both singles and married to use contraceptive product despite their numerous advantages. For instance, it is erroneously believed that women that use family planning commodities tend to be promiscuous.

However, apart from reducing the need for abortion, especially unsafe abortion, family planning / contraception reinforces people’s rights to determine the number and spacing of their children and prevents deaths of mothers and children by averting unintended pregnancies. Similarly, the WHO promotes family planning as it ensures access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couples.

The world body said it is essential to securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the health and development of communities. For the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), enabling women and men to plan their families through the usage of modern contraceptive products, results in multiple health, economic and social benefits for families, communities and nations.

Everyday an estimated 800 women lose their lives in pregnancy and childbirth, whereas voluntary family planning could reduce these deaths by 30 per cent and save the lives of more than 1.6 million children under five each year, according to USAID.

This could be achieved by enabling women to delay first pregnancy, space later pregnancies at safe intervals, and stop bearing children when they have reached their desired family size.

Continue Reading



    November 15, 2018 at 10:53 am

    If you are going for best contents like I do, simply pay a visit this site every day because
    it offers feature contents, thanks


    November 15, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Hello there! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog.
    Is it very hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but
    I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where
    to begin. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thanks

  3. Tonaki Tinnitus Cure

    November 14, 2018 at 12:30 am

    I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility
    problems? A handful of my blog audience have complained
    about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox.
    Do you have any solutions to help fix this issue?

  4. Marlys McQuade

    November 13, 2018 at 5:49 am

    Hello there! I simply wish to offer you a huge thumbs up for the excellent info you’ve got right here on this post.
    I’ll be coming back to your web site for more soon.

  5. how to make money on clickbank for free

    November 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    7 Ways to Make Money Online

    Making money online is a reality for thousands upon thousands
    of individuals. Now you too can make money online. Here are 7 ways you can do just that.

    1. Social networking – Social networking has become very popular and many
    businesses are recognizing the value of making sure they have
    a solid social networking program in place. They will pay people
    to manage their social media and make regular posts.
    2. CPA marketing – Cost Per Action or CPA marketing is much easier to make money on than affiliate
    marketing. As long as the person clicks the link and goes to the merchant’s
    site and carries out the action required, such as signing up for the newsletter, you will earn your commission.
    Most times there is no need to generate a sale in order to earn commission.
    What makes CPA marketing so lucrative is the at no money has
    to be spent for you to earn money and that makes it very attractive.

    3. Sell your art or craft online – If you create stunning
    works of art or you love to craft you can sell your wares on sites like Etsy where you set your price,
    or Ebay where you auction off your items or set a fixed price.
    There are tons of other sites so find the niche for your product.

    4. Drop ship – There are tons of online sites that allow you to create a free storefront and be a drop shipper.
    You don’t have to do anything but get the customer.
    The rest is taken care of by the provider.
    5. Money exchangers – Convert online money through money
    exchangers. They take a fairly big cut when converting currencies.
    You need to have a store front, you get to invest money,
    and you can do it all online with little hassle.

    A simple website, and you can start making money making conversions.

    6. Job referrer – Unemployment numbers are staggering and it has never been more difficult
    to find a job. So here’s a job opportunity for a few that want to make their living online.
    Sites like Referearns or WiseStepp will pay you for referring new employees.

    Refer the right person and earn up to $1000. Wow!

    7. Blog commenting – For a blog to rank well there needs to be comments and
    interaction. Bloggers are busy creating blogs so they will often hire a person to comment on their blog
    and generate good conversation that leads to sales.

    Out of 7 different ways to earn money online, one is bound to catch your interest.

  6. Https://Www.Mazalien.Com

    November 9, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Great post. I used to be checking constantly this blog and I’m inspired!
    Very helpful info particularly the remaining phase
    🙂 I deal with such information much. I used to be seeking this
    certain information for a very long time. Thanks and best of

  7. Savanna Messier

    November 7, 2018 at 7:16 am

    · can i just tell you that i know what you mean exactly about being busy. it’s the type of busy-ness that you don’t know where to end and where to begin. it’s disconcerting & stressful & exhausting. taking a deep breath to bake with your sweetheart is the most perfect remedy.


    November 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I got what you intend, appreciate it for putting up. Woh I am delighted to find this website
    through google.


    November 1, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really
    useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.

  10. see more

    October 30, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Appreciate this post. Let me try it out.

  11. Venom 2018 Full Movie

    October 29, 2018 at 9:58 am

    I do agree with all of the ideas you have introduced in your post.
    They are really convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are very quick for newbies.
    Could you please prolong them a bit from next time?
    Thanks for the post.

  12. direct tv remote

    October 28, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Every weekend i used to go to see this website, as i
    want enjoyment, since this this web page conations actually nice funny
    data too.

  13. Shana

    October 27, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Ich neugierig zu erfahren, wwas bloggewn platform Sie gerade sindd
    Hilfe? Ich erleben einnige Molll Sicherhit Fragen mmit meinem neuesten Website und Ich Ich würde grne etwas finden,
    meehr sicheres risikofreie. Haben Sie Lösungen?

  14. caulifla porn

    October 27, 2018 at 3:50 am

    I blog frequently and I truly thank you for your content.
    This great article has truly peaked my interest. I’m going to
    bookmark your website and keep checking for new information about once a week.
    I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

  15. Bandar poker

    October 26, 2018 at 4:15 am

    BosQQ Adalah Agen DominoQQ Online Terbesar di Asia, Poker Online, BandarQ Dan Bandar Poker Online Terpercaya,
    Daftar Sekarang Minimal Deposit Rp. 25.000

  16. Declutter Fast e-book

    October 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    whoah this weblog is fantastic i like studying your articles.
    Stay up the great work! You already know, many persons are looking around for this information, you can aid them greatly.

  17. Vanessa Longwell

    October 21, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers?
    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any recommendations?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *




Take advantage of our impressive online traffic; advertise your brands and products on this site. Call For Advert Placement and Enquiries, Call: Mobile Phone:+234 803 304 2915 Online Editor: Michael Abimboye Mobile Phone: 0813 699 6757 Email: Copyright © 2018 NewTelegraph Newspaper.

%d bloggers like this: