Newspaper article China Post

Expert Urges Multiple Birth Control Methods

Newspaper article China Post

Expert Urges Multiple Birth Control Methods

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The China Post--A medical expert suggested men and women utilize multiple methods of birth control as a form of "double protection."

The chairman of the Taiwan Happiness Education Association Chen Pao-jen ([...]) said that many countries in Europe and America have started to promote the "double protection" idea for birth control.

Chen said that "double protection" means men wear condoms and women take birth control pills in order to better prevent pregnancy.

According to statistics from the Ministry of the Interior, in the last three years an average of 3,000 women under the age of 20 gave birth each year.

The Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH, [...]) said that from January to November this year they received 1,554 phone calls or letters asking about giving birth out of wedlock and a quarter of those girls who contacted them were aged between 16 and 20.

Chen said that the main reason for unexpected pregnancies is incorrect birth control methods. Germany has one of the lowest unplanned pregnancy rates in the world and has worked hard to promote "double protection."

Chen also said that the pregnancy rate is higher for younger teenagers. Taiwan's unplanned pregnancy rate is seven times higher than Germany's. Both these statistics underline the importance of the government educating teenagers about the "double protection" method.

Condoms should mainly be used to protect against sexual transmitted diseases (STDs), Chen said, as their effectiveness rate in preventing pregnancy among typical users on average is 85 percent. …

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