World Contraception Day takes place on 26 September 2017, and exists to improve awareness around the wide range of contraceptives available, while seeking to empower women towards making informed choices around their reproductive health.
Family planning is powerful
Nearly forty percent of pregnancies across the globe can be termed ‘unplanned’. Unintended pregnancies can be both frightening and burdensome, and education around contraception, along with ensuring easy access to contraception is vital. Ultimately, access to contraception is a human rights issue, and one that should take centre stage on all health forums.
What contraception is right for you?
Thanks to advances in medical science and technology, there are now many options available for women to choose from, when they are selecting the best contraception for themselves. Your doctor or clinic sister can guide you through the various options available to you. Bear in mind that the contraception options available at public and private medical facilities in South Africa may vary. Contraception methods include:
- Male condoms
- Female condoms
- Birth control pills
- Contraceptive ring, patch or implant
- Intra-uterine device
- Contraceptive injection
But the efficacy of each contraception device is often highly dependent on the correct usage. Ask your doctor or clinic sister for clear guidance and instructions on how to use your chosen contraceptive device, and don’t be shy to ask as many questions as you have. It’s also important to note that, while all contraceptive devices may prevent pregnancy, not all of them protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including HIV. This useful guideline to contraceptive devices and methods is quite helpful and informative.
LifeDoc™ Can Help
Now available for download as a mobile application, LifeDoc™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, making it easier to keep track of appointments and schedule those important check-ups, while securely storing your personal medical history. You can also use the LifeDoc™ mobile application to track your reproductive health and take notes. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.