As a sexually active woman, what are my contraceptive options?

World Contraception Day

Facts from the World Contraception Day – Allowing women to choose whether, when, and how many children to have achieved progress on global health goals. It also helps break the cycle of poverty, and puts families, communities, and countries on a stronger, more prosperous and sustainable path.

Promotion of family planning – and ensuring access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couples – is essential to securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the health and development of communities.


A woman’s ability to choose if and when to become pregnant has a direct impact on her health and well-being.

By reducing rates of unintended pregnancies, family planning also reduces the need for unsafe abortion.


It is important that family planning is widely available and easily accessible through midwives and other trained health workers to anyone who is sexually active, including adolescents. Midwives are trained to provide (where authorised) locally available and culturally acceptable contraceptive methods. Other trained health workers, for example community health workers, also provide counselling and some family planning methods, for example pills and condoms.


More facts can be seen on World health Organization fact sheets on Family planning/Contraception

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