How Well Do You Know Your Family Planning Methods?


According to World Health Organization (WHO), contraceptive use has increased in many parts of the world, especially in Asia and Latin America, but continues to be low in sub-Saharan Africa. It again noted that the proportion of women aged 15–49 reporting use of a modern contraceptive method has risen minimally or plateaued between 2008 and 2015. In Africa it went from 23.6% to 28.5%, in Asia it has risen slightly from 60.9% to 61.8%, and in Latin America and the Caribbean it has remained stable at 66.7%.

In Ghana however, the national Contraceptive Prevalence rate (CPR) stands at 23% (GDHS 2014) indicating the country is moving at a small stride pace. This has become a national priority for the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to reverse the negative trend in a bid to improve on overall national gains.
To help improve contraception uptakes in Ghana, GHS adopted several methods including long-acting reversible contraception, such as the implant or intra uterine device (IUD) hormonal contraception, and short acting reversible contraceptives such as the pill or the Depo Provera injection; barrier methods, such as condoms, among others. GHS also complemented the services with providing real-time information to the public through the online digital application, GHS-FHMap.
Key to reversing the negative trends is the long term methods including IUDs with a life-span up to 12years. Strong research evidence indicates, the long term contraception uptake has been low. This stems from the fact that there are varied truths and rumours.
It is important everyone knows the best family planning method that best suit his or her needs for effectiveness and satisfaction.