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Facts on Barriers to Contraceptive Use In the Philippines

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Facts on Barriers to Contraceptive Use In the Philippines

Review and Policy Paper from Guttmacher Institute (New York) and Likhaan, May 2010.



One key finding that was not given as much emphasis in this paper, if at all, is a finding from a survey study in the less prosperous areas of Metro Manila and in select rural areas of the countries, that  "only 2% of the respondents who did not use contraceptive was because of the Catholic Church hierararchy's dictum on population and birth control".  The actual statistical estimate may vary, but the findings of many survey studies (including those cited in this position paper) indicate the growing acceptance and use of contraceptives and other forms of birth control methods, among Filipinos.

The position paper indicated also the "flatness" of the growth of adaptation of birth control methids, among Filipinos during the last decade.



• Contraceptive use has hardly increased in the Philippines over the past decade. Yet women are having, on average, about one more child than they would like. More than one-fifth of married women do not want to have a child soon or at all but are not using a contraceptive method.

• Cutbacks in publicly funded contraceptive services and supplies since 2004 have reduced women’s and couples’ access to contraceptives. National surveys from 1998 to 2008 show that women have relied increasingly on pharmacies for contraceptive services. This switch to private-sector suppliers is likely to involve higher costs and lead to reduced access, particularly for low-income women and couples.

• Fulfilling demand for contraceptives would be especially beneficial to disadvantaged women, who use contraceptives less and experience unintended pregnancy more than their better-off counterparts. Poor women face barriers to contraceptive use such as costs, poor-quality services, lack of awareness of or access to a source of contraceptive care, and lack of awareness of methods. However, all groups of women report barriers to using contraceptives that must be addressed through improved policies and programs.




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