Family planning services essential to prevent unwanted pregnancies during quarantine period

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) in Central Luzon pushes for continuous modern family planning services to prevent unplanned pregnancies during the current community quarantine period.

POPCOM OIC-Regional Director Vicky Barbea De La Torre said there is a need to ensure constant access to modern family planning services and information amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Modern family planning methods include non-scalpel vasectomy for males and bilateral tubal ligation for females, injectables, intrauterine devices or IUDs, pills, implants, condoms, standard days method or SDM, mucus/billings/ovulation, basal body temperature, symptothermal and the lactational amenorrhea method or LAM.

Based on the 2015 Census of Population and Housing, there are about 2.9 million women of reproductive age in Central Luzon and 9 percent of these have an expressed intent to use modern family planning but do not have the access to either information or commodities,” De La Torre noted.

She pointed out that “Given the current situation wherein our communities are under quarantine, there is a high chance for these women to have difficulties in accessing these commodities, making it also difficult for them to continue practicing family planning in their households.”

De La Torre said that having an unplanned pregnancy during these trying times will have an adverse effect on the life of each Filipino family.

To address the problem, officials of local population offices in Central Luzon are reminded to ensure that a three month supply of pills and or condoms will be provided through house-to-house visits among those who enlisted in the family planning program while health centers will remain open to accommodate those who use injectables and want to avail of a subdermal implant.

POPCOM Region 3 has an existing Helpline number 09435729488 that interested clients can contact for inquiries regarding family planning and supply of commodities. (RONDA BALITA Online)

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