Coitus Interruptus aka Withdrawal

18 Nov

Esta was only 20 when she and her boyfriend decided to stop using condoms, why eat sweets with the kaveera on!!! As the young wild juices enhanced their appetite to justify their love they opted to use the withdrawal method.

The withdrawal method of contraception, also known as coitus interruptus, is the practice of withdrawing the penis from the vagina and away from a woman’s external genitals before ejaculation to prevent pregnancy. The goal of the withdrawal method is to prevent sperm from entering the vagina.

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Esta knew the risks that came with the withdrawal method especially getting infections. She went for HIV testing with her then boyfriend now baby daddy and once all was well they went about their business.

28 out of 100 women who use the withdrawal method as a form of contraception get pregnant, unfortunately Esta was among the 28.

Esta was faced with a dilemma she wasn’t ready for, as a strong christian girl abortion wasn’t an option for her. When she shared the news with her boyfriend he was quick to deny responsibility knowing that he had pulled out in time.

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Esta was then in S6 vacation, her dreams had hit hand brake immediately. How was she going to face her parents about the pregnancy, her boyfriend couldn’t afford taking care of her and the unborn child.

When she opened up to her parents about the pregnancy and she got as much as she deserved from them. Her boyfriend stuck around throughout the pregnancy but he later moved on,the idea of being a father at 20 never dawned on him.

Esta had learnt a very hard lesson about safe sex methods, her daughter is now 8 and single motherhood has its challenges. She managed to continue with school and is now a records clerk in Mulago as well as a youth counselor. She uses her experience to advise teenage girls about safe sex methods.

in 2008, only 33.8% girls and 22% boys aged between 12 and 14 have received sex education in school. 8 out of 10 girls at University fear getting pregnant more than contracting HIV/STD/Is.

At home, 71% girls and 64% boys had never talked with parents about sex-related matters, according to the 2004 National Survey of Adolescents. As a result, Uganda’s teenage pregnancy rate continues to be high, at 25%. A teenager that gives birth is not only likely to drop out of school but also have a big number of children.

In light of this, if we are to address this hitch, there is a need to have a comprehensive sexual education culturally, socially and in politically acceptable ways streamlined within existing institutions such as schools, homes and churches alike.

This will begin to change the rigid mindset among adolescent gate keepers including parents, teachers, the community and religious leaders who still think sexual and reproductive information is not age appropriate for adolescents.

We also need to begin instilling in adolescents right from childhood concepts of leadership, emotional intelligence and critical thinking.

This will go a long way in empowering them in decision making processes so that they make informed and responsible life choices such as delaying sex.

Irrefutably, adolescent stage marks a critical time of development in someone’s life. It is a period of dramatic physical, cognitive, hormonal and social changes that occur in our bodies, which ultimately translates into one’s identity and personality.

Targeting them at an early stage will consequently make teenagers delay sex and child bearing as well as live healthier and productive lives to their fullest potential.

Adolescent premarital pregnancies, childbearing and teenage mortality rate is a cornerstone obstacle and a community concern and for that reason remains a major social, health, financial and economic sabotage in Uganda, which all of us must vividly fight.

If you want to learn more about sex safe methods please get in touch

Straight Talk Foundation Plot 4 Acacia Avenue, Kololo. P.O.Box 22366 Kampala-Uganda, Tel: 0312 262030/1,

email: info@straighttalkfoundation.org,

Website: http://www.straighttalkfoundation.org

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