Did you know that India is set to surpass China as the world’s most populous country in 2023?
According to the United Nations report, the uncontrolled rising population is a warning that high fertility would challenge the economic growth of the nation. Further, it stated that eight nations — the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and the United Republic of Tanzania — would account for more than half of the expected rise in the world’s population up to 2050.
Our orthodox society is constructed in such a manner that the concept of contraception is tabooed from discussions of family affairs, but what they fail to recognize is the fact that contraceptive use is not a sign of a man’s masculinity or a woman’s promiscuity but rather a step to reduce poverty and control the growing population.
Myths & Facts Behind Birth Control
There are a set of myths surrounding the concept of birth control and contraception that has discouraged many from contraceptive uses, here are a few that we have managed to break 2 most common ones with the help of scientific facts:
Birth Control causes infertility
Hormonal contraceptives do not cause infertility, no matter which method you opt for or how long you’ve been using it. They are intended to temporarily delay your fertility and prevent conception and your regular fertility levels will ultimately recover once you stop taking them.
However, while you are on hormonal birth control, you may experience some alterations to your menstrual cycle as the hormones released by birth control ceases ovulation. But the normality usually rejuvenates once you are off birth control.
Birth Control pills can give rise to cancer cells
There is no solid evidence to prove that contraceptive pills cause cancer. It has been instead demonstrated that some forms of birth control, such as the patch, ring, and IUD, lower the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer. The IUD is known to reduce risk for several cancers and the most recent study indicates the effect can be substantial — up to 30% of reduced risk.
Different Types of Pills
Some of the most often used forms of birth control are pills. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the two key types:
- Combination birth control pills: This medication stops the release of eggs from your ovaries. They also increase cervical mucus, weaken the lining of the uterus, and restrict an egg’s passage via the fallopian tubes.
- The Mini pill: The only ingredient in this pill is a progestin and it helps to thin the endometrium, thickens cervical mucus, and slows an egg’s passage through the fallopian tubes. Ovulation can occasionally be delayed by the minipill.
No Hoodie No Honey Campaign
The No Hoodie No Honey social media campaign was created by UNFPA to enlighten young people in Nigeria about sexual and reproductive health (SRH), particularly safer sex, with a focus on girls aged 15 to 24. The UNFPA promotes awareness among adolescents about access to high-quality family planning services, including contraceptives.
UNFPA guarantees in ensuring that people have access to a sufficient supply of contraceptives, condoms, medications, and supplies for family planning, STI prevention, and maternal health care with the assistance of governments. By promoting family-friendly policies, collecting data, and advocating for them, UNFPA supports family planning.
Women are able to successfully plan their lives and their futures when they are able to plan their families.