“I enjoy every style of sex with my husband without complaining. I am enjoying myself. I am looking fresh and better.” This was the confession of Mrs. Titilope Adeyemi, a mother of two.
The highly elated accountant, who works with a firm in Lagos, told our correspondent that she has been on the implant method of family planning since the past six months.
Mrs. Adeyemi said, “I was introduced to the Implant at Primary Health Care Centre, Mascara, in Alapere, Ikosi Agoyi-Ketu. Some tests were carried out before the implant was inserted on my arm.
“Although, one month after the insertion, I saw some blood droppings, so I went back to the provider who introduced me to family planning and I was told it’s just for a while. Right now, I am fine. I enjoy every style and position of sexual intimacy with my husband without complaining.”
Titilope was among several women who narrated how family planning has brought peace to their homes during a field visit to Alapere, Agoyi- Ketu in Lagos State.
The event was organised by the Family Planning Media Advocacy Working Group (FPMAWG) with support from Pathfinder International to commemorate the World Population Day.
Sadly, many marriages have been thrown into disarray due to non-fulfilment of marital obligation from women following fear of unplanned pregnancies.
So many factors could lead to marriage dissolution, but one of such is sexual dissatisfaction, hence, the use of modern family planning commodities brings such satisfaction.
Even the Bible in 1 Corinthians 7:4 acknowledges the woman’s non denial of her body to her lawfully wedded husband is wrong.
1 Corinthians 7:4; “A husband should satisfy his wife’s needs. And a wife should satisfy her husband’s needs.The wife’s body does not belong only to her. It also belongs to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong only to him. It also belongs to his wife.”
Despite the Bible’s instructions, sexual denial lingers in marriages for fear of an unplanned pregnancy, but the fear could be reduced through the use of modern contraption.
Statistics from Guttmacher Institute shows that 44 per cent of all pregnancy worldwide is unintended, while more than half, 56 per cent of unintended pregnancies ended in abortion from 2010 to 2014.
There are 225 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy, but lack access to modern contraception. Death from pregnancy related causes is the second leading killer of teen girls and women in the global south with most at risk of injury or death from unsafe abortion.
This year’s World Population Day theme is, “Family Planning As A Human Right.”
The theme examines the importance of the right of every person of reproductive age to decide and voluntarily access quality FP and child birth spacing information as well as services.
The right to family planning, therefore, permits the enjoyment of other rights, including the rights to health, education, and the achievement of a life with dignity.
An informed rights-based approach to family planning is the most cost-effective intervention for tackling maternal death and illnesses.
Ensuring universal access to reproductive health services including family planning, can ultimately speed-up a country’s progress towards reducing poverty and achieving global development goals.
According to the Chairman of National Population Commission (NPC), Duruiheoma Eze, “Family planning and births spacing is the first and the right step to population management, central to saving the lives of women and adolescent girls, enhances women’s empowerment, key to poverty reduction.”
He added that the access to contraception, education and the means to determine the number and spacing of children and right to decide freely the number and spacing of children without any coercion or compulsion and discrimination.
He noted that the population of Nigeria’s has increased significantly, from 56 million in 1952 to 88.9 million in 1991, reached 140 million in 2006 and with an annual growth rate of 3.2 percent (derived at 2006 Population and Housing Census).Currently, the country’s population is estimated at over 198 million.
According to him the need for family planning, arises from inequality in accessing information or services, limited choices of contraceptives and lack of sufficient support from partners and communities, thus inhibiting their rights.
Speaking to a family planning facilitator and provider, Mrs. Adekoya Abiola in Alapere Ketu, she said that she has worked in numerous communities pushing for the use of modern family planning by both rural and urban women.
Abiola as a trained nurse said that the barrier to the use of family planning commodities in Lagos State is the issue of consumables which according to her scares the women away even as she pleads with the government to make consumables available.