Teenage mothers in Mayuge district have shunned
away birth control methods over myths attached to family planning services.
Speaking to URN during one of Marie Stopes reproductive health outreaches activities at Bukatube Health Center III on Thursday, several teenage mothers said that most women who have enrolled for the services experience frequent headaches and irregular monthly periods. These claims have have discouraged them from doing seeking the services.
The two day outreach campaign is aimed at sensitizing adolescents on the
role of family planning in the control of teenage pregnancies within their
Older women have also been sensitized on the advantages of having
manageable families which they can easily fend for even in the absence of husbands.
16 year old Sania Naigaga, a resident of Bukaleeba village, says that she enrolled on an injectable programms for a period of one year while at the age of 14
but faced frequent headaches, prompting her to opt out of the service.
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Jessica Kirabira, aged 15 years, says that before conceiving late last year, her parents convinced her to enroll for family planning
services, but was discouraged by the health workers who spelt out the side effects
of contraceptives without providing remedies to overcome them.
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Mary Adikin, a resident of Bukatube village, says that she
abandoned family planning methods after bleeding for close to seven months.
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Angelina Nabwire, a resident of Bufuta B village says that her boyfriend discouraged her from embracing family planning services on assumption
that they cause infertility.
Nabwire adds that, health officials should sensitize the men
on the advantages of family planning services as it will help to end the myths
attached to them.
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Sharminah Kauma, from the ministry of health’s
department on health promotion, education and communication, says that they
have drafted plans of engaging both the religious and political leaders to
sensitize the communities on the importance of family planning services. This, it is hoped, will bridge the information gap which seems to be discouraging couples from