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Contaceptive use on the increase

29 November 2012, 12:49 Trudy Tru

Contraceptive use has substantially increased by nearly seven times since the 70s from seven percent to the current 46 percent as shown by 2009 national health survey.

Maternal health experts attribute this increase in contraceptive prevalence to the various modern methods of family planning for the modern woman.

The survey indicates that slightly less than half of currently married women are using some method of conceptive.

This means nearly five in ten women are using a family planning method.

As couples embrace family planning, more women are adopting modern contraceptives such as injectables, birth-control pill, implants, female sterilization and Intrauterine Device (IUD), dropping the barrier methods in a bid to entertain their husbands and limit the number of children or to space births.

Injectables are the most preferred method of contraceptive for women at the pick of childbearing age 20-39.

Female sterilization is used more commonly by women aged 40-49.

Meanwhile, according to a 2008 NASCOP HIV Monitoring survey, a higher proportion of women aged 30-34 are currently infected with HIV than any other age category.

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