Condom loses the battle against pills in three Northeast states

Condom loses the battle against pills in three Northeast states

Birth control seems to be not a serious matter of concern for the young guns of this day and age. With the rapid pace in globalisation it seems the battle of controlling our population lies in popping up.

According to a survey by Union Health Ministry, Contraceptive pills are preferred to condoms to avoid pregnancy in three North-eastern States and West Bengal.

Data of the fourth National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4), conducted by the Union Ministry, on current use of family planning methods shows a marked increase in the percentage of pill consumption over usage of condoms in the age-group of 15-49 years in Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal, which were among the 13 States covered by the survey.

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In Tripura, pill consumption was at 26.3 per cent with 21.1 per cent in urban areas and 28.5 per cent in rural areas, against 1.9 per cent usage of condoms (urban – 3.4 per cent, rural – 1.2 per cent).

As compared to NFHS-3 (2005-2006) data, pill consumption in the North-eastern State has increased from 21.8 per cent to 26.3 per cent in 2015-2016, and usage of condoms has dropped from 3.2 per cent to 1.9 per cent.

Consumption of pills was found to be at an average of 11.7 per cent (urban – 7.8 per cent, rural 12.5 per cent) as against 1.3 per cent condom usage in Meghalaya. In Sikkim, the average consumption of pills was 11.6 per cent (urban – 16.9 per cent, rural – 21.4 per cent), while condom usage was reported to be at 5.9 per cent.

(Agencies)

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