Country Director, Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION), an NGO, Effiom Nyong, has called out to sexually spinsters to embrace the use of Family Planning methods to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
According to Nyong, he said that the various FP methods available today were made primarily to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
He urged all sexually active single women not to be misguided by myths and believes in the society, but rather visit designated health facilities to receive proper counselling on the method suitable to them.
He criticised the use of the 72-hour pills by most young women, saying this is not a healthy method for preventing pregnancy as it can have adverse effects on the health and well being of the woman.
“There are different myths about FP either based on people sharing experiences that are not unique to everybody or people sharing unguarded and baseless information.
“This has been the biggest challenge of achieving effective FP in Nigeria. All peoples at all levels of social class are guilty of this and the best way to address this is to give yourself the chance to be counselled.
“Whatever your age or social status, you can go to any government or Marie Stopes facility to receive counselling and it is free; you will be told which method you are eligible for.
“More importantly is that you are the one who will make the choice of which method you want; no one will force you to use any method.
“There is no FP method tailored to any age group or any kind of woman neither is the method made for only those who are married as it is primarily meant to prevent unplanned pregnancy.
“We have the short term methods which can last from some weeks to three months and the long term methods which can last from three years to 10 years.
“The pills and the condom are some of the short term methods; the only challenge with the pills is that because you need to take them consistently and repeatedly for them to be effective you find that many people face the issue of complying to prescription.
“We also have the Sayana Press, a modern form of contraception that is injected and can last for up to three months. The Intrauterine Device (IUD) can last up to 10 years; we also have the implants Jadelle which lasts up to three years and other forms of contraception,” he explained