Family Planning

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...

WHO stages summit on women's health

The World Health Organization (WHO) is chairing a conference in London on what steps can be taken to improve women's health in the developing world. Making more contraception options available to females in poorer countries has been named as a particular priority at the Family Planning Summit,...

Pre-term birth clinic attendance'reduces infant morbidity

Women who attend a pre-term birth clinic are more likely to deliver a full-term baby with less risk of infant morbidity, a study has revealed. Researchers from Intermountain Healthcare, US, are due to present the study at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting...