Family Planning

Contraception restrictions ‘affect 3.9 million women in England’

A new report has found that 3.9 million women in England live in areas with some form of restriction on access to contraception, either due to age or place of residency. The UK’s Advisory Group on Contraception’s (AGC) report, ‘Private Lives, Public Health: The changing shape of...

IUDs and implants ‘least likely to cause stroke in diabetic women’

New research has shown that strokes and heart attacks are rare for diabetic women who use hormonal contraception, with the safest options being intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants. The study - by the University of California (UC), Davis, US - is one of the first to evaluate hormonal...

Women taking the pill ‘more likely to be treated for depression’

Women taking hormonal birth control are more likely to be treated for depression, according to a new study. The study, conducted by researchers at Denmark’s University of Copenhagen and colleagues, looked at the medical records of more than a million women and girls. It found that those who...

India launches country's first female condom

The first female condom produced in India has been officially launched in the country. Female condoms have been available in other locations for several years, but this is the first time that such a product has been both manufactured and sold in India. The Times of India reports that the condom -...

Zimbabweans lead the way on condom usage in Africa

Zimbabweans use more condoms than their counterparts living elsewhere in Africa, new statistics reveal. Figures from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the National Spending Association show that 11 million male condoms and five million female condoms were distributed in Zimbabwe by the...

Russia 'to ban' imports on condoms

Russia has reportedly unveiled plans to ban the state procurement of imported condoms, despite concerns from health officials. The country is one of a handful of nations in the world where cases of the HIV virus are rising, with experts estimating that as many as two million Russians could be...

Contraceptive jab could increase HIV risk

Women having contraceptive injections could be increasing their risk of HIV , according to new research. A study by a team from the University of California at Berkeley, US, published in the journal Lancet Infectious Disease, noted that there can be as much as a 40 per cent increase in the risk of...

Family planning must be more of a priority, says Ghanaian official

A representative from one of Ghana's biggest family planning organisations has said more needs to be done to ensure the population take it seriously. Volta regional co-ordinator of the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) Kenneth Atsu Goka explained that individuals often have a...

Family Planning Association of India welcomes increased use of contraception

News that more people in various parts of Asia are using modern forms of contraception has been welcomed by experts. Bayer Healthcare recently carried out a study in eight different countries that showed many families now use options such as condoms, contraceptive pills and intra-uterine devices to...

UNFPA: Progress on improving contraceptive prevalence is limited

Only limited progress on boosting contraceptive prevalence is being made across the globe, a new report has stated. According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), annual increases of only 0.1 per cent have been recorded in recent years. This, it said, means much more money needs to go into making...