Due to the research I conducted two months ago shows that girls dread getting pregnant than contracting AID’S.

A young lady, name withheld, speak for thousands of young ladies/women throughout Kenya. Pick any 20 in the streets of Nairobi and atleast half admit to having unprotected sex regularly. They’ll also tell you they don’t ask their partners about their sexual history, and that they use E-pills for more often than its recommended. This happens between the age of 19-27 years. Far from embodying the non-religious, immoral stereotype, these women were either in college or university or employed in white collar jobs.

Overwhelmingly, this group is likely to attribute their risky sexual behaviors to trust-the trust they place to their boyfriends to shun sexual partners outside their relationship. In the same breathe, they claim strong awareness of the deadly risk posed by sexual transmitted diseases. These women say they have investigated various options of preventing pregnancy, yet place absolute trust in the relatively new E- pill as their contraceptive of choice.

In short, it would seem, these women at their peak of reproductive years would rather face death, or long term complication of E- pills usage, than the condemnation of rejection from family, church leaders or community resulting from pregnancy.

The response confirms past population counsel research findings which indicate that fear of pregnancy outweighs fear of contracting HIV virus. Among E-pills users-79 percent cited pregnancy as their biggest fear while only 45 percent thought they were at risk of contracting HIV through unprotected sex.

A 2016 research by population service international indicates 69 percent of E-pills users had either college or university-level education, while 59 percent were employed,overall,64 percent of users were married, cohabiting or single but in a steady relationship. This findings dispels the nation that adolescents or promiscuous are the majority of emergency contraceptive users.

But is death less tangible concept for these educated, employed young women than pregnancy? The answer one expects says, may just shock the people most responsible for molding a young woman’s sense of self.

The ministry of health family planning guidelines for service providers, as well as the world health organization emphasize that emergency contraception should only be used as a back up method of family planning because it is not as reliable. In fact using the E-pill on a monthly basis points to misuse and heightens the risk of pregnancy.

The E-Pill has a pregnancy prevention of 88 percent when taken within72 hours after unprotected sex compared to 99.78 percent protection that other hormones methods offer. What’s more, the E-pills ability to prevent pregnancy diminishes with regular use because it contains a much higher dose of hormones than regular contraceptive hormone.

I hereby request all the young ladies using the E-pills three or more times in a month is quite risky for them, regardless of how often you have unprotected sex. Some of the E-pills are fake and could lead to unwanted pregnancies.

 

Research done and compiled by

Allexie towett