Low-Income Countries are Increasingly Gaining Access to Modern-Day Contraceptives


Published Date : Jan 20, 2016

The most effective and easiest way to minimize the risk of unintended pregnancies among teenagers and women and to cut the risk of sexually transmitted diseases among men and women is using effective birth control and contraceptives. Based on the consistent and right use of contraceptive shots, patches, pills, and rings, as well as fertility awareness based, barrier, and hormonal options, the chances of avoiding unplanned pregnancies and STDs are rather high. 

The challenge though, is that despite being a massive industry, the contraceptives market has been expanding at a rather tepid rate. 

Last year, California and Oregon announced that women in these two states will be able to buy birth control without a doctor’s prescription, by simply giving a pharmacist the necessary information based on a questionnaire of their medical history. This new law has made contraceptives such as pills, patches, and rings more affordable and convenient to women and curbs the surge in unwanted pregnancies in the country. According to the New York Times, approximately 3.3 million women on a yearly basis are faced with the ordeal of an unintended pregnancy. Other states are being encouraged to adopt a similar policy.

A Family Planning 2020 report last year revealed that an increasing number of women and girls in some of the poorest nations in the world have been voluntarily using modern contraceptives to avoid or delay pregnancy. Since 2012, an additional 24.4 million girls and women have begun using contraceptives, which has managed to avert 26.8 million unsafe abortions, 111,000 maternal deaths, and 80 million unplanned pregnancies. These figures affirm the fact that there has been remarkable progress in these low income countries when it comes to access to family planning methods. 

A recent study has revealed that people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are likely to experience a reduction in symptoms such as pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis if they are taking oral contraceptives.