This month of July, we observed and celebrated World Population Day, an annual event recognized and established by the United Nations Development Programme. On this day, we give prominence to global demographic trends and issues, in the hope that by shedding light on these lesser-known issues, we can move forward in finding solutions.
One of the most pressing demographic concerns is the rate at which it is growing – in just 11 years, our world population has increased by one billion. From 7 billion people in 2011, today the world is occupied by 8 billion people, who live, consume and create daily. In an ideal world, we would have opportunities and provisions for all 8 million. However, our food supply, health care, and labor markets have not grown as rapidly or developed as sustainably as our growing population. The truth is, we still live in a world of inequality, where race, class, disability, and gender can dictate the course of your life.
But there are ways to reduce inequality and slow population growth. Family planning is an efficient and effective method that helps couples of all ages live within their means and manage their stresses at work and at home. It is an empowering and educational practice that helps find an ideal balance, which could work for all members of the family.
Family planning saves lives
But what exactly is family planning? Family planning is information, means and methods that allow individuals to decide if and when to have children. By undergoing family planning, individuals have room to plan for other considerations when raising their family, such as the financial, social, and logistical implications of starting a family.
Naturally, family planning revolves around reproductive concerns. These concerns can be addressed by two methods: natural family planning and artificial contraception. In natural family planning, women observe their bodies and watch for fertility signals in their menstrual cycles that let them know when they are most likely to get pregnant. These include cervical mucus method, basal body temperature, symptothermal method, standard days method, lactational amenorrhea method, schedule and abstinence.
On the other hand, artificial contraceptives are used to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Couples today have a multitude of contraceptive options, including but not limited to pills, implants, intrauterine devices, fertility-limiting surgeries, and barrier methods. such as male and female condoms. 5
But a key part of family planning is having that necessary conversation about the future – how many children a couple would want if they want children at all, and at what age or when to have them.
Due to its sensitive nature, family planning has not received enough attention in our educational and social systems. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge severely affects families socially, economically and emotionally, and more often than not, it is women who bear the brunt of this burden.
An unplanned pregnancy can disrupt a woman’s plans. She may become temporarily physically limited and her priorities will eventually change. All aspects of a woman’s life are affected by pregnancy, and this is why family planning is the most beneficial and empowering for women. When pregnancies are planned and planned, women can take charge of their health, save and achieve economic independence, and work around the needs of their families within a predetermined time frame. They can make sure they are fully prepared to welcome a new family member with all the love and support they need. Therefore, women should be empowered to make decisions about reproduction and family planning themselves. Their body, their life, their autonomy and their future are at stake with each pregnancy.
Family planning thus becomes not only a subject of discussion, but an urgent need for all couples. Fortunately, with medical advances and the progression of public health education, women and expectant parents can be sure to find the family planning method that is right for them – one that is comfortable and sustainable over the long term.
Here for his health
As the mainstay and primary caregiver of the family, women face many health challenges throughout their lives. That’s why Organon, as a health solutions company, is committed to improving women’s health care. Happy and healthy women are the foundation of a happy and healthy society. When women have reliable, quality health products for their bodies, everyone benefits. Organon has created a range of contraceptives tailored to the comfort and preferences of each woman. From implants to birth control pills, Organon’s family planning and birth control line is a fitting complement to their other women-centric healthcare services, including their innovations in oncology and inflammatory diseases, as well as pharmaceuticals that help manage pain, dermatology and cardiology issues. It takes a whole village to raise a child – especially since we as individuals need to be prepared before embarking on the journey. On this World Population Day, we remember and recognize the importance of every human life, and all the human sacrifice, love and dedication it takes to sustain it.