BIRTH-control pills remain the preferred contraceptive choice for women in Sibu.
The Sarawak Family Planning Unit Sibu branch said, for the first eight months of this year, 2,404 people bought contraceptive pills from the branch.
Only a small number opted for other contraceptive methods, said the branch’s officer in charge Susie Yeo.
She said that birth-control pills were the most popular choice among Dayak women, who topped the list of clients.
“In the eight months under review, Dayak women accounted for 1,841 clients followed by Malay (367), Chinese (518), Melanau (146) and others (61),” she told StarMetro.
For the whole of last year, Yeo said that Dayak women comprised 2,323 of the 2,568 clients followed by Chinese (773), Melanau (230) and others (78).
Yeo said the pills continued to be the preferred choice as they were more convenient compared to other contraceptive methods.
Based on the branch records, condoms accounted for 10% , followed by injectibles, intra-uterine devices, spermicides and birth-control patches.
Yeo said, for the whole of last year, 368 opted for condoms, 214 injectibles, 96 intra-uterine devices, 48 spermicides and nine birth-control patches.
In the first eight months of this year, 212 opted for condoms, followed by injectibles (182), intra-uterine devices (96) and birth-control patches (9).
Yeo said the small percentage of women going for birth-control patches was understandable as it was relatively new to the market.
With good publicity and effective marketing, the patches would become the preferred choice, she said.
According to Yeo, the patch was highly effective in preventing pregnancy if used properly.
“Users need to wear one patch every week for three weeks. It should not be worn on the fourth week when the users expected their periods,” she said.
Meanwhile, Yeo said the branch had been witnessing a gradual decline in the number of clients.
Other branches was also experiencing a similar trend, she noted.
One reason was that the pills could be bought in most pharmacies, Yeo said.
Another possibility was that more women had migrated to other towns in search of better job prospects, she added.