Archive for the ‘Contraceptive Safety’ Category

More Pinoy Couples Now Practice Family Planning

By Kathlyn dela Cruz,
Posted at 06/18/2013 5:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines — More Filipino couples are now practicing family planning, therefore slowing the growth rate of the country’s population, an official of the Commission on Population (PopCom) said.

In an interview with radio dzMM Tuesday morning, PopCom Executive Director Rose Marcelino said latest data showed that the population growth rate has decreased from 2.04 percent in 2007 to 1.95 percent in 2010.

Marcelino said more women now use family planning methods to limit the number of their children.

“Kasi ang ating mga kababaihan ngayon ay nakikita na ang benefits kung i-plano nila ang kanilang pamilya,” she said, noting today’s high cost of living.

“Medyo mahirap na mag-maintain ng maraming anak sa isang pamilya,” she added.

Marcelino also pointed out that more married women are now joining the labor force; thus, reducing the possibility of them getting pregnant.

“Kung ang isang babae ay nabibigayan ng pagkakataon na magtrabaho, more or less ‘yung panganganak ay medyo napipigilan.”
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23 Medical Groups Urge Congress to Pass RH Bill

By Philip C. Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
2:38 am | Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and 22 other health groups on Tuesday urged Congress to approve the reproductive health (RH) bill.

In a press conference at the Philippine General Hospital, the 23 health care professional organizations, representing 100,000 doctors and nurses, and 167,000 midwives, expressed their support for the RH bill.

“We can no longer turn a blind eye [to the controversy] because we are part of the life-saving solution,” the PMA said in a statement.

“As health care providers we simply cannot be reduced to being for or against the bill because our obligation has and will always be about saving lives, and the longer we stay quiet, the more lives are lost,” it added.

Life-giving provisions

The group presented a manifesto calling for the protection of seven “life-giving” provisions in the RH bill.

These include the provision saying that the “state protect the individual’s freedom to decide what family planning method s/he wants to use (whether natural or artificial), that the bill should have explicit statements against induced abortion, and that the state should protect a couple’s right to decide on their ideal family size.
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PCP Position Statement on the RH Bill


PCP Support for the RH Bill


POGS Position Statement on RH Bill


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The PHILIPPINE OBSTETRICAL AND GYNECOLOGICAL SOCIETY (Foundation), INC. has stated in its Mission Statement that we are a society of God‐fearing Obstetrician‐Gynecologists committed to serve the Filipino people by advancing the art and science of reproductive health, enhancing professional growth and welfare of its members through training and research, fostering women’s advocacy programs and upholding the highest ethical standards of practice through excellent health care delivery. The Society envisions itself as the leading organization in reproductive health, working towards significant reduction in maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, reproductive tract infections and cancer. It aims to promote increased awareness of women’s health issues through expanded community service, continuing medical education, training of members, efficient networking, active linkages and collaboration with GOs and NGOs, relevant research programs, effective public education and information dissemination, and sound health policy reforms and advocacy guided by our moral, socio-cultural and ethical values.

The POGS (Foundation), INC. is a national organization whose membership includes the whole spectrum of Philippine society. We are a heterogenous and pluralistic group of medical specialists of diverse cultural mores and persuasions with different religious affiliations and beliefs. We are singularly bound by our commitment to the Society’s aforementioned mission and vision. We stand united in our diversity, respecting each other’s right to his/her religious beliefs and not imposing our own standards on anyone. Collateral to these, we uphold the high ethical and moral standards of medical practice expected of us by the Society.

We support the REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE BILL in the context of our mission‐vision to uphold the equality of the rights to life for both mother and child, freedom of religious beliefs, a right to proper education on health and right to health services as may be necessary for patient’s need and also the rights of the physician to his/her beliefs on certain provisions on services.
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Nuns Should Go on the Pill, Says Lancet Study

Nuns should go on the Pill to reduce their chances of developing cancer, researchers say.

Nuns are said to pay a ‘terrible price for their chastity’.

By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Editor7:00AM GMT 08 Dec 2011

A paper in The Lancet claims that Roman Catholic nuns pay a “terrible price for their chastity”, as not having babies puts them at greater risk of breast, ovarian and uterine tumours.

This is because women who never give birth or breastfeed have more periods than those who do, and an increased number of menstrual cycles has been linked to higher cancer risk.
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Medical Experts’ Declaration on the Action of Contraceptives

Posted Mon, 09/05/2011

On Monday, 8 August 2011, 21 experts from diverse scientific fields including Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Internal Medicine, Demography, and Public Health gathered to examine raging questions on pregnancy and contraception applying scientific and evidence-based analysis.

These are our conclusions:

1. Conception is not an exact scientific term. For some it means implantation; for others it is an event that occurs at some time after fertilization. No one at the meeting equates conception with fertilization.

2. Fertilization encompasses the process of penetration of the egg cell by the sperm cell and the combination of their genetic material to form the fertilized egg or the zygote. The process is estimated to take about 24 hours. At present, there is no accepted laboratory or clinical method of determining if and exactly when natural fertilization has taken place, but we accept that it has occurred after a pregnancy has been detected. Natural losses occur all the time; 33%-50% of all fertilized eggs never implant without the woman doing or taking anything.

3. All contraceptives, including hormonal contraceptives and IUDs, have been demonstrated by laboratory and clinical studies, to act primarily prior to fertilization. Hormonal contraceptives prevent ovulation and make cervical mucus impenetrable to sperm. Medicated IUDs act like hormonal contraceptives. Copper T IUDs incapacitate sperm and prevent fertilization.

4. The thickening or thinning of the endometrium (inner lining of the uterus) associated with the use of hormonal contraceptives have not been demonstrated to exert contraceptive action, i.e. if ovulation happens and there is fertilization, the developing fertilized egg (blastocyst) will implant and result in a pregnancy (contraceptive failure). In fact, blastocysts have been shown to implant in inhospitable sites without an endometrium, such as in Fallopian tubes.

5. Pregnancy can be detected and established using currently available laboratory and clinical tests – e.g. blood and urine levels of HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) and ultrasound – only after implantation of the blastocyst. While there are efforts to study chemical factors associated with fertilization, currently there is no test establishing if and when it occurs.
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IUDs Finally Endorsed by ACOG


Delicia Yard August 04, 2011

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is now recommending intrauterine devices (IUDs) as safe and effective birth control.

“What you see now is a rethinking of the idea of how to prevent unintended pregnancy,” Adam Jacobs, MD, director of the family planning division at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and an author of the recommendations, said in a press release. The recommendations are published in a practice bulletin in Obstetrics & Gynecology (July 2011).

The endorsement represents a new chapter in the history of IUDs, which were once unpopular in the United States but remain in use. The devices may raise the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and subsequent infertility. However, many experts say the risk is small, and Jacobs called the IUD “the most cost-effective form” of birth control available.

In other birth-control news, the CDC is advising postpartum women to avoid combined hormonal contraceptives during the first 21 days after delivery because of the high risk for venous thromboembolism. Some women should discontinue use for up to 42 days postpartum (MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2011;60:878-883).