World Contraception Day September 26th 2017
World Contraception Day (WCD) marks a global campaign that hopes to create a world in which every pregnancy is wanted. The aim of this campaign is to improve awareness of contraception, and to enable young people to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.
What is the impact of unplanned pregnancies and unprotected sex?
More than 41% of all pregnancies worldwide are unplanned, and nearly half of these unplanned pregnancies end in abortion; presenting several health concerns alongside the significant emotional distress to women and their families.
Around 16 million adolescent females (aged 15 to 19) give birth each year; pregnancy-related deaths are the leading cause of mortality for young women. Children born to teen mothers are also more likely to experience a range of negative outcomes later in life, such as developmental disabilities, poor academic performance and behaviour problems.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to be a growing global health burden, with more than 350 million new cases of curable STIs occurring every year.
Prevention is better than cure
Contraceptives provide hormonal or barrier methods to prevent pregnancy. Condoms are the only contraceptive method that also protect against STIs (when used consistently and correctly during vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse), and are therefore advisable as part of a healthy relationship; often in conjunction with other forms of contraception such as the pill.
An estimated 33 million unintended pregnancies are a result of contraceptive failure or incorrect use, so it is important that young people are well informed about the different methods available. The method that suits each person varies according to health and circumstances, so for confidential information and advice it is advisable to make an appointment with a GP or Nurse Practitioner [Tel: +35020072355].