Monday, January 17, 2022

International Peace Conference To Commemorate Civilian-Led Peace Agreement In Mindanao

An international online peace conference will be held to celebrate the 8th anniversary of a civilian-led peace agreement in Mindanao on the 24th of January.

Ormoc City Strengthens Stance Toward RE

The Ormoc City government in Leyte has solidified its stance toward pursuing renewable energy within its jurisdiction with a recent resolution declaring it as an official policy in the city and encouraging the entire province to adopt it as well.

Bajaj Maxima Cargo Rises As A Logistics Solution In Bohol Relief Operations

The Bajaj Maxima Cargo has been recognized as an effective logistical solution for transporting relief products and services to disaster-stricken areas such as Bohol.

Children Remind Peers About Online Safety As Country Celebrates Children’s Month

Children in some World Vision communities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao gathered to teach and learn about online safety to prevent online abuses and sexual exploitation of children.

Fight Against Teen Pregnancy Weakens Given The Lack Of Contraception Awareness – Surveys

Fight Against Teen Pregnancy Weakens Given The Lack Of Contraception Awareness – Surveys

Spotlight

BAJAJ MAXIMA CARGOspot_img

How do you feel about this story?

Like
Love
Haha
Wow
Sad
Angry

New survey research indicates that a lack of awareness of emergency contraception is holding it back as a weapon for combating the Philippines’ rising adolescent pregnancy rates.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared prevention of teen pregnancies a “national priority” in June, issuing an Executive Order calling for measures to address the problem, including strengthening sexual education so that adolescents can make more informed decisions.

However, according to a national survey of unmarried women aged 18-29 who are sexually active, only 1 in 4 were aware that it’s possible to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse with contraceptive pills.

To prevent pregnancy following unprotected intercourse — which may result from sexual abuse, intoxication, or even a broken condom — doctors may under Philippine Department of Health guidelines prescribe the so-called Yuzpe Method, an enlarged dose of combined oral contraceptive pills.

But only 13% of the 500 young women surveyed in June-July by a leading global research agency for DKT Philippines Foundation said that they were aware of the Yuzpe Method as an option.

More than two in three said they’d had unprotected sex before. The same proportion (68%) reported having experienced “pregnancy scares” before, with the number of such scares averaging 2.7. In addition, 94% of this group of women also reported suffering negative emotional states after unprotected sex, such as fear of pregnancy, anxiety, guilt and sadness.

In a follow-up online survey conducted by the Foundation, nearly one-third (32%) of Filipino doctors and midwives active in family planning said they weren’t aware of the Yuzpe Method. In that same informal survey in October, however, a whopping 85% of the health-care providers reported they’d had patient inquiries about emergency contraception.

First introduced in Britain in 1984, emergency contraceptive (or EC) pills have emerged as one of the world’s principal family-planning methods and are now approved for use in 149 countries.

Sometimes referred to as “morning after pills,” they can prevent pregnancy as long as 72-120 hours after unprotected intercourse, depending on type. They are most effective, studies show, if taken quickly after. Yuzpe Method has an 88% efficacy rate if taken within 72 hours.

Published international studies show that unmarried women and women in their early 20s exhibit the greatest use of EC.

“These pills fill a need when sex is infrequent or unexpected, which is often the case for people just entering their sexually active years,” said Foundation Chairman Hyam Bolande. “EC pills can provide a last line of safe defense against unwanted pregnancy when the male partner doesn’t use a condom.”

A dedicated EC pill, Postinor, was registered for importation and sale in the Philippines, but in 2001, the Bureau of Food and Drugs reversed course and canceled its approval, saying that the drug had an “abortifacient effect.”

Medical researchers worldwide have concluded by consensus that EC is contraception, not abortion, however, and no significant debate on the question exists in the global field of obstetric science. “Emergency contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy by preventing or delaying ovulation and they do not induce an abortion,” the World Health Organization Fact Sheet on the topic states.

Repeated scientific studies have shown that human conception, the starting point of pregnancy, occurs 5-10 days after unprotected intercourse. Even if mistakenly taken too late, EC pills cannot harm a fetus or end a pregnancy.

According to WHO guidelines, there are no age limits for use of EC, and any woman or girl of reproductive age may use the method safely.

Philippine births to teen mothers soared to the equivalent of 495 per day in 2019. Teenage pregnancy affects nearly 6% of Filipino girls, which is the second highest rate in Southeast Asia based on Save the Children’s 2019 Global Childhood Report.

BAJAJ MAXIMA CARGOspot_img

Spotlight

International Peace Conference To Commemorate Civilian-Led Peace Agreement In Mindanao

An international online peace conference will be held to celebrate the 8th anniversary of a civilian-led peace agreement in Mindanao on the 24th of January.

Ormoc City Strengthens Stance Toward RE

The Ormoc City government in Leyte has solidified its stance toward pursuing renewable energy within its jurisdiction with a recent resolution declaring it as an official policy in the city and encouraging the entire province to adopt it as well.

Bajaj Maxima Cargo Rises As A Logistics Solution In Bohol Relief Operations

The Bajaj Maxima Cargo has been recognized as an effective logistical solution for transporting relief products and services to disaster-stricken areas such as Bohol.

Children Remind Peers About Online Safety As Country Celebrates Children’s Month

Children in some World Vision communities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao gathered to teach and learn about online safety to prevent online abuses and sexual exploitation of children.

Lifestyle

Entertainment

More Stories

Nueva Vizcaya Receives P111.8-M Infra Projects

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has turned over PHP111.8 million worth of infrastructure projects to five local government units in Cagayan Valley.

‘TESDAMayan’ Helps Build House For ‘Odette’-Displaced Family

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is helping build a one-bedroom house for the family of a solo parent in Antique whose house was destroyed by Typhoon Odette.

Tacloban Restricts Movements Of Unvaccinated Persons

Tacloban is limiting the movements of unvaccinated individuals.

Communication Problems Reported In Tonga Amid Volcanic Eruption

Communication difficulties were reported in Tonga following a massive underwater volcanic eruption in the Pacific country, according to local media Sunday.

3 RHUs In Davao Oriental Receive RxBox And Training From DOST-XI

Three Rural health units in Davao Oriental received RxBox telehealth devices from the Department of Science and Technology in Davao Region last 22 December 2021.

Travel

Motoring