The major cause of unwanted pregnancy is improper use of contraceptives, Nigeria’s health minister has said.
Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Mr. Adewole, a professor of gynaecology, reacted to complaints over the high rate of unwanted pregnancies allegedly caused by contraceptives failure.
He described contraceptives as methods, devices or drugs that could prevent conception.
“Contraceptive-failure, if you use it well, rarely fails. Very rarely will an unwanted pregnancy come from contraceptive-failure; it comes from user-failure,” NAN quotes the don as saying.
“There are different methods of using contraceptives: the use of hormone medications, intrauterine contraceptive devices, barrier contraception, periods of abstaining from sex, and sterilization.
“And let me also say clearly that there is one that is good for you. The truth of the matter is that, we need to examine you to make sure that your blood pressure is normal.”
He gave examples of factors considered by doctors in recommending contraceptives.
“If there is a uterine fibroid there, I will not want to give you Intrauterine Copper Device (IUCD), because your menses will be heavy.
“If a woman is obese, I won’t give her implants because some of the implants will fail. So, for each person, there is a right one and once we give you the right one, you are okay and taken care of.”
According to a research conducted by the United States Institute of Health, only 11 per cent of Nigeria women employ the use of contraceptives, indicating that the level of awareness in the country is still very low.
However, efforts are now under way by the Nigeria government and other international agencies to increase the rate of contraceptive use to 36 per cent by 2018.
While speaking on the importance of family planning, Mr. Adewole said there was the need to promote family planning in the country to reduce maternal and newborn deaths and the spread of diseases to a significant percentage.
This, he said, would also reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions.
The minister noted that the use of contraceptives would also help in child-spacing, as well as to improve on the health of women and children.
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