Today is World Contraception Day
World Contraception Day (WCD) is a worldwide campaign that promotes a world where every pregnancy is wanted. Its mission is to improve awareness of contraception to enable young people to make informed decisions on sexual and reproductive health. When you are informed and aware of your contraception options, how to use them and where to get them, you are empowered to choose when and if you would like to become pregnant.
Did you know that in Latin America:
- 40% of sexually active young people have had sex without contraception with a new partner
- 23% of young people have had problems obtaining contraception when they needed it as they did not know which method of contraception to look for
- A third of all young women surveyed (30%) and 28% of young men stated that they have been told or obtained inaccurate or untrue information on contraception. 40% of those said the inaccurate information was obtained from friends
- 21% of young women and 18% of young men do not receive sex education at school
- As many as 12% of young people believe that having sex during a woman’s period is an effective form of contraception (14% of young men and 10% of young women). This is an 8% decrease from 2010 (13%)
- Only half of the young people surveyed (53% of young women and 52% of young men) feel very well informed about the different contraceptive options available
We provide contraceptives to our Member Associations across the region so they can run effective programs, but have you ever wondered where all those contraceptives come from and what the process involved to supply them is like? Find out in our blog post about logistics: Special Delivery: 56 million condoms
Chances are, sex ed (if you were lucky enough to have it) didn’t quite answer all of your questions about contraception. Fill in the gaps here:
Find out more about World Contraception Day here.
And lastly, a video from Your Life: