Updated household planning information promotes empowerment, well being and wellbeing – WHO 

WHO’s up to date landmark Family Planning Handbook, launched on Tuesday, informs well being employees on defending entry to household planning companies throughout emergencies, and gives coverage makers with probably the most present info on contraceptive choices. 

Family planning promotes self-actualization, empowerment, in addition to well being and wellbeing, and reduces maternal and toddler deaths by the prevention of unintended being pregnant and unsafe abortion”, said Pascale Allotey, WHO’s Director for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.  

Drawing on classes realized, it additionally expands steerage for ladies and younger folks at excessive threat of HIV. 

‘An important useful resource’ 

Experience from current outbreaks exhibits that household planning companies could be severely compromised throughout emergencies.  

During the preliminary phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, roughly 70 per cent of nations reported disruptions to those important companies – intensifying dangers of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. 

The handbook advocates for continued household planning help companies throughout epidemics, together with by wider entry to self-administered contraceptives, pharmacy distribution and multi-month provides. 

“This up to date Family Planning Handbook is a crucial useful resource, serving to well being employees help contraceptive customers all over the world in making knowledgeable decisions about the best contraceptive choices for them”, stated the senior WHO official.


Self-administered contraceptives embrace condoms, contraceptive tablets, some diaphragms, spermicides and most just lately, the choice of self-injection of a progestin-only contraceptive, referred to as DMPA, which may now be safely administered just below the pores and skin reasonably than into the muscle.  

Many ladies favor personal and non-intrusive injectable contraceptives that require motion solely each two to 3 – making this selection more likely to enhance uptake. 

“The up to date suggestions on this Handbook present that nearly any household planning technique can be utilized safely by all ladies, and that accordingly, all ladies ought to have entry to a variety of choices that meet their distinctive wants and objectives in life,” stated lead writer Mary Gaffield.  


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Family planning helps well being and reduces maternal and toddler deaths by stopping unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions.

High-risk focus 

For the primary time, the 2022 version features a devoted chapter to information household planning companies for ladies and adolescents at excessive threat of HIV, together with folks dwelling in excessive HIV prevalence areas and people with a number of sexual companions or whose common accomplice resides with HIV. 

While solely condoms defend in opposition to HIV and different sexually transmitted infections, all contraceptive choices – with the only real exception of nonoxynol-9 spermicide – at the moment are considered safe for ladies and younger folks at excessive threat of HIV as they haven’t been discovered to extend threat of HIV transmission or contract an infection.  

For these at excessive threat of HIV, the handbook states that testing, counselling and first-line scientific care and referrals ought to all be supplied as a part of household planning companies. 

“Family planning companies could be offered safely and affordably in order that regardless of the place they dwell, {couples} and people are in a position to select from protected and efficient household planning strategies”, underscored the lead writer. 

Adolescent pregnancy is a global phenomenon with clearly known causes and serious health, social and economic consequences.

© UNICEF/Claudio Versiani

Adolescent being pregnant is a world phenomenon with clearly identified causes and critical well being, social and financial penalties.

Added pluses 

The handbook additionally incorporates WHO’s newest steerage on cervical most cancers and pre-cancer prevention, screening and treatment, which may all be offered by household planning companies; management of sexually transmitted infections; and family planning in postabortion care

Now in its fourth version, the handbook is probably the most extensively used reference information on the subject globally, with over one million copies distributed or downloaded thus far.  

It is complemented by the medical eligibility standards device for contraceptive use, additionally downloadable as a dedicated App



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