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World Population Day: ‘18% of married women lack access to family planning methods’

The survey done in 25 districts of the state by technical support unit (TSU) stated that 7% of women in the state are at risk of becoming pregnant but are not using any contraception. The unmet need for family planning among younger women (15-24 years) is 23%.

lucknow Updated: Jul 11, 2017 12:30 IST
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Every 12 minutes a woman in India dies from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications.
Every 12 minutes a woman in India dies from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications.

Around 18% of married women or 1 in 5 women in Uttar Pradesh, willing to give space between births, do not have access to family planning methods, said a survey.

The survey done in 25 districts of the state by technical support unit (TSU) stated that 7% of women in the state are at risk of becoming pregnant but are not using any contraception. The unmet need for family planning among younger women (15-24 years) is 23%.

Family planning allows couples to attain their desired family size. It is a key health intervention that can improve family health and reduce maternal and infant deaths. Proper birth spacing of 2 years results in healthier mothers and babies.

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By reducing rate of unintended pregnancies, family planning also reduces the need for unsafe abortions. Every 12 minutes a woman in India dies from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications.

According to the ministry of health & family welfare, if the current unmet need for family planning could be fulfilled within the next five years, the country could avert 35,000 maternal deaths and 12 lakh infant deaths.

WOMEN MORE FOR FAMILY PLANNING THAN MEN

Women and men are equally responsible for family planning, yet the burden falls disproportionately on women.

Female sterilization in India remains the preferred method of contraception (36% of married women aged 15-49 years), while male sterilization is extremely low (0.3%).

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In 2015-16 only 3,101 men underwent vasectomy while 2,49,613 women had got tubectomy done in UP. The figures in 2016-17 were not enthusiastic as only 8,219 men got vasectomy done as compared to 2,86,107 women who opted for tubectomy, revealed data from family planning department.