Contraceptive use among Nigerian women on increase
The Federal Government’s advocacy on the use of contraceptive among sexually active women in Nigeria for the prevention of unwanted pregnancy and abortion is beginning to yield positive results as more women are recorded to be embracing the method.
Compiled data from the 2015 report of the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, on health shows that contraceptive use among sexually active women of child bearing age increased by seven per cent compared to 2014.
In 2014, 23 per cent of sexually active Nigerian women used contraceptives, while 30 per cent used in 2015, the Bureau’s latest data showed.
Contraceptive are methods, devices or drugs used among sexually active people to reduce or prevent unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion.
A cross section of women interviewed in Abuja on family planning methods showed that most women engaged in one form of contraceptive method, either modern or traditional, to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Aisha Jamiu, a plantain trader, said what she used to do to prevent pregnancy was count the days of her safe period with her husband and abstain from sex when she is not safe.
This is one of the traditional forms of contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy. The NBS data also showed a 2 per cent increase in use of traditional contraceptive methods between 2014 and 2015.
However, Ms. Jamiu started taking contraceptive pills about six months ago as an alternate method.
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