Contraception

214 million women of reproductive age in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern contraceptive method.

Family planning reinforces people’s rights to determine the number and spacing of their children.

In developing countries, more than 20 million girls and young women aged 15-19 have an unmet need for modern contraception.

Globally, there are about 380,000 new HIV infections among young women aged 15-24 every year.

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Most Malaysians are not informed about preventing unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Contraception is widely available in urban areas through medical service providers and pharmacies, but contraceptive uptake levels remain seriously low, even among women who experience multiple unwanted pregnancies.
In the 2004 national demographic and health survey, 25% of married women said they did not want another baby but were not using any kind of contraception due to fear of side effects or dissatisfaction with modern contraceptive methods.
Lack of awareness, stigma, inadequate family planning programmes and the media all contribute to the problem of negative public perception about the safety of modern contraception.

Stealthing and non-consensual sex as a violation of rights are not issues discussed openly, and most people are not aware of the importance of this knowledge.

Contraceptive Methods

Male condom

Female condom

Birth control pill

Hormonal implant

Depo-Provera
injection

Intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD)

Emergency contraceptive
pill

Withdrawal
method

RRAAM advocates for

the right of women and girls to make informed decisions and have access to contraceptive counselling and products. There is no strategic dissemination of information on contraception and family planning in Malaysia, especially within marginalised and vulnerable communities. Use of contraception is part of our right to practise safe sex. We have the right to say no to unprotected sex. It is important for women and girls to stand up and speak up for their right to protect themselves, and to not allow their partners to dictate terms of sexual intercourse.

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