The use of family planning has sparked many discussions with many people standing firm that women should stop using it.
As women and girls continue to embrace the use of contraceptives across the world, especially the use of injectables, implants, and the pill, experts have warned that there are dangers associated with these methods.
The use of family planning has sparked many discussions with many people standing firm that women should stop using it since it has real adverse effects on their fertility, especially the church leaders.
While speaking on TV 47, Ignatius Kibe, a gynecologist revealed that hormonal contraceptives come with various effects based on their mechanisms of action.
He stated that these contraceptives reverse womanhood by ending negative feedback to the hypothalamus which then manipulates the normal menstrual cycle.
Kibe also explained how other cardiovascular diseases may also be brought about by this.
“Some contraceptives can bring about peripheral vascular diseases causing clots which can flow in the blood and become killers when they block the blood supply to the veins,” he said.
However, the Kenyan government has been endorsing the use of family planning among women with the slogan fewer babies better economy. Kenyan government is planning to finance family planning by 100 percent by 2023 through universal health coverage. But is it the case? The economy is still as disrupted as when there was no family planning.
A majority of Kenyan women are opting for fewer children whom they can afford to give what they consider a comfortable life while a majority also prefer to pursue their careers first before getting babies, sometimes at the expense of their health.
A survey conducted by Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA), in March last year shows that the use of contraceptives increased from 56 percent to 61 percent in 2020 in married women while 40 percent to 46 percent in all women.
Debates about the side effects of using implants and pills among Kenyan women have emerged with some experts arguing that the effects are the only misconception that does not have proper ground. They believe that women and young girls have the right to use these contraceptives to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and avoid crushing their dreams.
According to Dr. Kibe, the only relatively safer method of family planning Is the use of condoms since they do not predispose one to any health risk.
Now the increased use of family planning among the youth is becoming a worrying trend but society is ignorant of the fact because we are now in a digital world.
We’re complaining every day about how our young girls have become irresponsible and immoral yet we don’t realize we contribute to a bigger extent to their person and behavior.
Exposing these young girls to family planning at an early age is the worst mistake ever because once they are aware they can use this to prevent them from getting pregnant then they let down their fears and engage in sexual activities without any worries.
Without knowing the adverse effects they continue using these hormonal contraceptive measures until the day they are in marriage and that’s when reality strikes. They can no longer conceive because their womb has been affected by the same in one way or the other.
In addition to this, these young girls are strong carriers of HIV various because they’ll be jumping from one bed to another happily knowing at the back of their head that they will not be pregnant.
Responsibility has to start from you as a parent to mold the behavior of your young girl into what you want her to be.
As much as we are encouraged to continue using these hormonal contraceptives in marriage, now we know that they pose a danger to our health. Many will argue that omen need this but we can also opt for other safe methods of family planning such as the use of condoms.