Contraceptives: Preventing adolescents’ unwanted pregnancy

  As the number of sexually active adolescents is on the rise resulting in unplanned pregnancies and abortions, concerned medical personnel crave unhindered access to contraceptives among adolescents. Beside this, stakeholders and non-governmental organisations express the need to provide adolescents with comprehensive sex education and informed access to contraceptives to prevent unexpected pregnancies and avoidable deaths arising from abortions. Mr. Effiom Effiom, the Country Director, Marie Stopes International Organisation, Nigeria, says studies by Guttmacher Institute that more than 1.2 million unsafe abortions happen in Nigeria every year ought to be…

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Contraceptives cut ovarian cancer risk

The long-term use of oral contraceptives reduces the risk for ovarian and endometrial cancers.   According to a new study published in JAMA Oncology, compared with those who hadn’t used oral contraceptives, those who had used them for 10 years or more had a 34 per cent reduced risk for endometrial cancer, with the strongest reductions among women who were smokers or obese at the start of the study.   Contraceptive users had a 40 per cent risk reduction for ovarian cancer, with the risk reduction significant in smokers, the…

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