Happy World Contraception Day!!!

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September 26 is set aside for contraception awareness. Do you know there are people still not big on using contraception in Nigeria? It's 2021 and unwanted pregnancies shouldn't be doing numbers.

There's a lot of myth about contraception usually pedalled by older people. A new couple would hear things like, "Why are you doing family planning? Family planning is for people that have had three or more kids" 😄

Don't let anyone pressure you if you're not ready to have kids, there are safe methods of contraception for everyone, all you need do is consult your doctor.

If you're having sex and you don't plan on having kids any time soon, today is a reminder to wrap up. The withdrawal method isn't reliable enough, there are other more effective birth control to choose from.

The economy is hard and often times, people are not mentally prepared for children when they have them, why not choose a contraceptive method until you're ready?

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This is such an important topic, and one people simply do not discuss enough. When I was staying in Mexico a few years ago, I met a lady who told me that in her village, it was very hard to obtain contraception. For this reason most people had very large families and were extremely poor.

Because she left the village, she was able to get the contraceptive injection. That was the form of birth control she preferred because of the convenience. As a result, she "only" had six children, and, although she and her husband were not wealthy, they were able to somehow send the ones who wanted higher education to University. It was life changing. She told me that her brother, on the other hand, remained in the village and had 16 children. He could barely afford to feed them let alone send any for higher learning.

This one conversation helped me realize that access to contraception and encouragement to use it (when people do not wish to have children) could alter the trajectory of so many lives. Then I was thinking that maybe it could actually make life better for all of humanity because it would solve future overpopulation.

I wish more people understood this. And, of course, I am NOT speaking about discouraging those who want many children from having them, but rather helping those who want to plan to have fewer children to manage their lives well.

You see this story you cited is the exact situation in Nigeria. There are a lot of large families that weren't planned and the parents are unable to take care of the children. Most view contraception as going against the will of God and these are mostly the lesser privileged. It all spans from the idea of children being riches so they'd rather have lots of them.

In the parts I've lived in in Nigeria, there is awareness and access to contraception but people just don't want to oblige. Like you said, I wish they'd understand how different their lives would be if they didn't have so many kids.

Thank you for dropping your insightful comment 🙏

An important topic my friend, certainly there is still a lot of stigma about this topic, and something very important for young people to discuss, a child is a very big responsibility and should only be had if mentally and financially we can support a family. Talking about birth control should not be a taboo.

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There is a world's day for contraception 😆

I once had a conversation with a group of friends about birth control and the likes and you needed to hear the misinformation.

There's a day for everything now 😄

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