Minakshi Banger

Editorial Writer

“Don’t blame anyone or anything for your situation or problems. When you do that you are saying that you are powerless over your own life- which is utter crap. An empowering step to reclaiming your life is taking responsibility”- ILAN MICHAELS

“Today, there are more young people than ever before. Youth voices matter because no one is more convincing to define the future through innovation but the largest population.”

 -Nana Abuelsoud (World Contraception Day Ambassador)

World Contraception Day celebrated every year on 26th September since 2007 raises awareness about contraception among young people.   “The truth is that contraception saves lives, prevents unplanned pregnancy, improves outcomes for children and reduces the number of abortions.” Ensuring access to preferred family planning methods for women and couples is essential to well-being of women, girls and families, while supporting health and development of communities.

Women with unmet needs of modern contraception account for 84% of all unintended pregnancies. In the year 2017 a total number of 89 million unintended pregnancies were reported.

The Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) defines reproductive health as: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes“. The programme of Action also states that the purpose of sexual health “is the enhancement of life and personal relations, and not merely counselling and care related to reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases“.

When there is a risk of transmission of HIV and other STIs, such as in the context of high prevalence rates of HIV and other STIs in the geographic area or individual risk behaviour, it is important that health-care providers offer information on safer sexual practices to prevent transmission and strongly recommend dual protection to for prevention of both pregnancy and STIs, including HIV.

People even in modern world may find a number of barriers exercising their sexual and reproductive rights. But if it is your life, whose responsibility is it then? You are responsible for the choices you make. Your choices determine how you perceive your life to be. So be wise enough to make decisions which not only are safe but supports your health. Take the initiative when it comes to your health, do not wait someone else to make the first move.