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    Family planning promotes quality of life, says DOH-10

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The Department of Health (DOH)-10 urged couples to use modern family planning methods available at local health centers to achieve overall health and wellbeing and quality of life of family members.

    Fe Sumagpao, family planning program coordinator of DOH-10 shared in KonsulTayo, health forum that if a couple fails to plan, and will have too many kids, there will be difficulties in providing food, clothing and education.

    “Planohon para dunay kalidad ang kinabuhi sa tibuok pamilya, kay kung makomparar nato ang matiayon nga dunay duha kabuok anak, hayahay ang pamati, mabuhi niya ang duha ka anak, mapaeskwela, ug ang mga ginikanan pud dunay oportunidad nga magpadayon sailang edukasyon, gusto ba kaha mag-masters og doctorate, compared sa matiayon nga 6-10 ang anak, lisod magpaeskwela, lisod pagpakaon,” she said.

    (Plan so that the entire family gets to have a quality life, because if we compare a couple with two kids, they can easily provide for their two kids like send to school, and parents can also pursue other opportunities such as further studies in masters and doctorate compared to couples who have 6 to 10 children, who will have difficulties in sending to school and provide food in the table)

    The government offers various form of family planning methods, said Sumagao, such as condoms, subdermal implant, contraceptive pills, IUD Intrauterine device and injectable such as the Depot-Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA).

    Meanwhile, for natural family planning, there are fertility awareness base methods and symptothermal method among others.

    Sumagpao also shared that family planning is also for those couples who want to have kids, counseling will be offered.

    Some myths were also debunked such as getting ovarian cancer while using some of the modern family planning methods like depo injectable and that pills not being effective.

    Sumagpao clarified that all methods are not 100% effective, it has 99.7 to 99.9% effectivity.

    “During counseling, we advise our clients that they are not perfect but if they strictly follow the guidelines or criteria, pregnancy will be avoided,” she said.

    Meanwhile, as to injectables which will cause ovarian cancer, Sumagpao clarified that these injectables are even used by medical doctors for treatment such as those with myoma, and others. (JMOR/PIA-10)

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