World Contraception Day celebrated annually observed across the globe on September 26th to raise awareness about contraception and to enable people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health.
- 26th September 2023 marks the observance of 17th World Contraception Day.
The theme of World Contraception Day 2023 is “The Power of Options”
- The theme highlights the essential role that contraceptive options play in enabling people to take control over their reproductive health.
i.World Contraception Day was established by the 10 International Family Planning Organizations to highlight the importance of contraception as a conscious choice in family planning.
ii.The first-ever World Contraception Day was observed on 26 September 2007.
iii.The day is supported by about 15 international Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), medical & scientific communities, and governmental organizations for imparting the right knowledge about sexual and reproductive health.
i.The day aims to create awareness abut various contraceptive options to individuals, especially young men and women, regarding Family Planning and Reproductive Health.
ii.It motivates people to have a open dialogues to promote a clear understanding and importance of contraceptives.
What is Contraception?
Contraception, also known as Birth control, is the use of medicines, devices, or surgery to prevent pregnancy. There are many different types. Some are reversible, while others are permanent.
- Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) (intrauterine device (IUD) and implants)
- Hormonal Methods (birth control pills, patches, and rings)
- Barrier Methods (condoms and diaphragms)
- Emergency Contraception
i.The use of contraception can also reduce chances of maternal death and disability, newborn and child mortality and morbidity, unintended pregnancies, and abortion.
ii.According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) survey, at least 17.2 crore people are not using any form of contraception across the globe.
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