A family planning expert in Ogun State has debunked
insinuations that modern application of family planning methods causes
infertility. Ogun State Family Planning Coordinator, Mrs Elizabeth Ikeobi who
stated this at a COMMON GROUND programme organised by the State Chapter of the
Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), argued that childbirth spacing
is very important to couples as it promotes quality of life for the entire
Umpire Times reports that, Ikeobi speaking on the
topic, Understanding Family Planning: The Facts and the Myths, explained that
family planning is affordable, safe and effective and even helps couples who
may be having infertility problems to have children. According to her, negative
myths and misconceptions about family planning are barriers to modern
contraceptive use and can be corrected with adequate information.
Umpire Times also reports that, she stressed that
Child Spacing benefits the whole family because it will allow the mother to
rest between pregnancies in order to regain her health and strength. In her
words “By delaying the next pregnancy, mother is able to spend quality time
with each child. The father on the other hand will be able to provide for the
family including financial needs. He will have quality time for his wife. This
promotes a closer relationship between them and he will have less anxiety and
stress. The children will feel loved as their parents will be able to give them
good care and more attention. They will have better health and education
Umpire Times further reports that, Ikeobi identified
different family planning methods available as including childbirth spacing,
pills, injectables, implant for 3-5 years; Intra-Uterine Device (IUD); male
condom; female condom; exclusive breast feeding, bilateral tubal ligation and
The guest lecturer however, posits that though women on
family planning can experience some side effects such as weight gain, headache
especially those on hormonal, explaining that they are not signs of illness.
According to her “Most side effects become less or stop within a short period.
The client should go back to the service provider for help if the side effects
bother them. The right method is the one that suits you”, she stated.
Responding to questions from the participants, Umpire Times
reports that, Ikeobi was emphatic that family planning does not regulate the
number of children one can have as one can have more children as possible if
not on a permanent method.
Umpire Times reports that, Ikeobi warned wrong
application of condom during sex. She puts, “It is not just about using
the condoms, it is about wearing them properly. If you follow the right
instructions, the condoms will not burst.
Umpire Times reports that, the Chairman of the
Society, Mr Ola-Raheem advised various stakeholders to intensify the awareness
strategies particularly through the religious organizations and community
associations. Ola-Raheem who also serve as the Publicity Secretary Ogun State
Interfaith Forum on Family Planning and a member of The Challenge Initiative
(TCI) for Family Planning urged clerics to utilize their vast knowledge through
the pulpit to sensitize fellow worshippers on maternal and the importance of child
spacing for the wellbeing of all.