Do South African teenagers use contraceptives?
South Africa has a high contraceptive usage when compared to other countries in the region but condom usage is still too low. Dual contraception is not generally used, increasing the risk for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.
Consistent & Correct Usage
Consistent and correct usage is furthermore a dilemma, resulting in unprotected sex and unplanned pregnancy. Many teenage girls initiate contraception only as part of post-natal care after an unplanned pregnancy.
Some Contraceptive Choices
Norplant is an implant that is inserted under the skin. This type of birth control is effective for up to 5 years. There is an increased risk for pregnancy in heavier girls.
A variety of low-dose birth control pills that are fairly safe for use in teenagers. Birth control pills also reduce menstrual cramps and blood flow, regulate the menstrual cycle, and in some cases, reduce acne.