Contraception. It is a topic that is rarely discussed in the media, among friends or with one’s parents. But it is a topic that ought to be discussed especially at home, stresses Dr Premitha Damodaran, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist and Professor Jamiyah Hassan, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist & Chair of the Asia Pacific Council on Contraception, formed in 2006.
At the media launch of the World Contraception Day 2009, Prof Jamiyah says the findings of the first ever multi-national survey exploring young people’s attitudes towards sex and contraception were a “cause of concern”. She says, “Many young people say they are too self-conscious, embarrassed or concerned they will appear promiscuous if they talk about sex or contraception, and consequently are making decisions based on inaccurate information and guess work.”