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Updated 25 September 2013

SA teens urged to find out about contraception

South African teenagers have been urged to search for accurate information about contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

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Teenagers in South Africa have been encouraged to exercise their right to search for accurate information about contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

This comes on the eve of World Contraception Day, which is celebrated by 70 countries, including South Africa, on 26 September.

Contraception prevents 188 million unplanned pregnancies worldwide annually, which results in 112 million fewer abortions and fewer maternal deaths.

This worldwide campaign centres on a vision for a world where every pregnancy is wanted.
Launched in 2007, the day is held to improve awareness of contraception to enable young people to make informed choices regarding their sexual and reproductive health.

The campaign aims to provide credible information on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) – because as much as unwanted pregnancies are widespread, so is the increased rate of preventable STDs.

The scale of the problem

  • Each year, up to 15 million females aged 15 – 19 give birth. In this age group, pregnancy related deaths are the leading cause of mortality for young women.
  • Worldwide, more than 41% of the 208 million pregnancies that occur each year are unplanned.
  • Unplanned pregnancies constitute a global problem associated with substantial costs to health and social services and emotional distress to women, their families and society.
  • Each year, there are 1.1 million fewer new-born deaths and 150 000 fewer maternal deaths.
  • If unmet need for contraception was fully satisfied, 53 million more unplanned pregnancies could be prevented every year.

Local and international support for worldwide contraception:

World Contraception Day in South Africa is supported by Bayer Healthcare. The company has a strong background in women’s health and the company shares the vision of a world where every pregnancy is wanted.
WCD is supported globally by a coalition of 11 international NGOs and scientific and medical societies with an interest in sexual health.

What resources are available?

www.yourlifenow.co.za: a website aimed at educating teenagers and their parents about sexual health and contraception. Fun and funky, this website has been developed to provide a platform for teenagers and their parents to find information.

Photo:  Contraceptives from Shutterstock

Press release from Bayer


 
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