Drive vs Traditional Birth Control Methods Renewed

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Drive vs Traditional Birth Control Methods Renewed


Byline: JENNY F. MANONGDO

Health experts recently renewed their call for couples to do away with traditional birth control methods such as withdrawal and the rhythm method if they want effective family planning.

The call was renewed during The Social Acceptance Project-Family Planning (TSAP-FP) convention in Cebu City the other day where over a hundred advocates of family planning discussed strategies on strengthening the modern family program and promoting it in areas with a low contraceptive prevalence rate.

A recent survey by the Academy for Educational Development (AED) found out that withdrawal and rhythm method remain popular among single and married respondents. But experts contest the efficacy of the methods, citing instances of unwanted pregnancies by females using those methods.

They said traditional methods are not as effective as modern methods of family planning.

"They think the withdrawal method is really effective but there are still several women who get pregnant. Its not truly effective. Its almost as good as not using any birth control method at all," AED Chief of Party Eleanora de Guzman said.

They cited a similar study by the University of the Philippines (UP) in 2002 which showed that a big number of respondents, particularly those within the ages of 15 to 24 who are sexually active, prefer withdrawal over other methods.

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