Meghalaya Leads the way on highest adoption of condoms and oral pills say National Family Health Survey


Meghalaya has led the way  among the states which have seen the highest adoption of condoms, IUDs and oral pills, and also a welcome decline in sterilisation, a terminating contraception method that is full of complications, including internal bleeding, infection or damage to other organs.

This report was made public by the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16) which released for 16 Indian states, it also revealed that Meghalaya had recorded a TFR of 3 from the 3.80 recorded during NFHS-3, a decade earlier for 2005-06. West Bengal has witnessed a fall in TFR from 2.30 during NFHS-3 to 1.80 in NFHS-4.

TFR is the number of children who would be born to a woman (per 1,000 women) if she/they were to pass through the childbearing years bearing children according to a current schedule of age-specific fertility rates.

"The results of  Meghalaya can set an example and play the role of catalyst for other states. This shows that now people have started moving for spacing methods, which is always convenient. Using the statistics of these two states the Indian government can actually intensify its family planning initiatives," Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director of Population Foundation of India.

Meghalaya  has recorded the highest fall in this category — from 24.5 per cent to 16.5 per cent in the last decade

In the usage of contraceptives, Meghalaya witnessed 7 per cent increase in oral pills usage at 11.70 per cent during NFHS-4 from 5 per cent earlier.

Read complete Report here