Bayer and PopCom demand family planning facts

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BAYER Philippines Inc. and the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) lobbied on World Contraception Day to more aggressively promote family planning facts even as an estimated 218 million women in low-income countries low to medium, including the Philippines, have an unmet need for modern contraception amid myths.

Bayer and PopCom advocate for women’s health and reproductive choice to fight misinformation, as evidenced by the local theme: “Usap Tayo sa Family Planning”.

Myths and misconceptions about family planning and reproductive health proliferate, obscuring perceptions and access to make informed choices.

Although contraceptives are readily available, that does not mean they are accessible to everyone. Barriers to access range from lack of awareness and affordability to limitations based on age or marital status.

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For World Contraception Day 2022, PopCom also shared that the implementation of Republic Law 10354 or the “Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act” helped increase the total number of births by 30%. people receiving family planning services.

Currently, about 8.1 million Filipinos are enjoying the benefits of family planning.

According to the latest data from health centers and health facilities across the country, the pill remains the preferred method of family planning for some 3.2 million Filipino women in 2020.

Pills had 1 million more adherents compared to 2016 figures. Implants also saw a significant increase in acceptors: from 103,000 to 474,000 in those years. The same was true for injectables: from 959,000 to 1.6 million.

World Contraception Day is held annually on September 26 to raise awareness among women of childbearing age about sexual and reproductive health.

The campaign has a dedicated website, www.your-life.com, where young people can get accurate and unbiased information about contraception.

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