COMMON Barriers To Family Planning
FAMILY planning (FP) is a term commonly used to refer to methods employed for managing the number ad interval between offspring born to a family. It is typically influenced by career considerations, marital status, financial position amongst others. Family planning enables spacing of pregnancies; delays pregnancies in young women and can help reduce death from early childbearing. The following are some of the main issues surrounding family planning.
- Insufficient education: Poor access to education about sexual and reproductive health amongst women particularly young women is a key obstacle to family planning. Misinformation about family planning still exits despite efforts by health practitioners to make widely available accurate information about family planning.
- Poverty: Those from a poorer background may find financing family planning an issue where it is not offered freely.
- Religious beliefs: Some couples may face problems when it comes to the use of certain contraceptives (such as hormonal or mechanical methods) due to religious idealogies. For these couples although alternative methods may exist (such as rhythm method), these can be less effective.
- Accessibility issues: Finding the way to family services may pose an obstacle to family planning. This is particularly the case for those who may be living in emergency conditions or are displaced. Secondly, those living in rural areas may have restricted access to family planning services which are often based in urban areas.
Family planning specialists can help overcome these barriers and can offer educational services to guide family planning decisions.