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Cultural beliefs, ignorance hindering use of contraceptives in Kilifi

Kilifi County has in the recent past been under the spotlight for an increase in teenage pregnancies and the failure by the community to embrace family planning.

According to reports from the area, most families do not use the contraceptive means of family planning because of cultural restrictions.

The reports also show that most families in Kilifi County have an average of seven children as they prefer the traditional mode of family planning, commonly known as safe days.

Esther Anyango, a resident from Kilifi, said the youth are not being educated about contraceptives and their effects thus choosing not to use them.

“I wish I had knowledge of contraceptives earlier, which I would have gotten from health facilities or health experts instead of the internet. My parents would also have been useful in helping me get this information,” Anyango told Youth Kenya.

Anyango said she ended up taking emergency pills which affected her menstrual cycle, forcing her to stop the use of contraceptives.

United National Population Fund (UNFPA) Kenya also said that the unmet need for contraceptives among currently married adolescents in Kilifi is two times higher than the national level.

“But if the youth are given contraceptives and are lectured about the importance of safe sex, more youths here in Kilifi will be helped,” said Ashley a resident of Kilifi.

“I think the issue of teen pregnancy can be addressed n solved through giving out free contraceptives and also creating public awareness through reaching the youths in Kilifi,” Esther, also a resident of the county, said.

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