Women with High Blood Pressure Cautioned on Family Planning

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Women with high blood pressure are warned against using hormonal methods of family planning such as implants for three to five years, the three-month injection and pills.

Women with high blood pressure are warned against using hormonal methods of family planning such as implants for three to five years, the three-month injection and pills.

Jane Adongo, the capacity building manager Marie Stopes Uganda, explains that these methods include Ostregen and progesterone hormones which every woman has naturally.

The family planning methods only create a feeling of pregnancy to avoid conception. Adongo advises women with high blood pressure to use methods such as condoms, Intrauterine Device (IUD) and tube ligation.

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Twenty-seven year old Harriet Nakimuli, a mother of three from Wakiso district, says she has been grappling with family planning methods ever since she started using them.

Nakimuli reveals that she has used the implant, pills and injections which have all made her bleed continuously. She had other side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache and dizzy spells.

Nakimuli adds that every time she sought medical advice she was told to change the family planning method but has seen no change in her condition.

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The IUD also known as the coil is a non-hormonal method which has its own side effects.

Adongo explains that the insertion involves placing the IUD in the uterus and the strings are cut to two centimeters, rolled and pushed appropriately inside the vagina.

A woman can spot or have irregular bleeding for a period of three to six months. At this time the uterus is still struggling to either reject or accept the foreign body inserted. Women can have sex thereafter as long as the IUD is inserted properly.

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Through the public private partnership, government is seeking to reduce the need for family planning in Uganda from 40 percent to ten percent by 2022.

In partnership with Marie Stopes Uganda and the Uganda Health Marketing Group, a smart choice campaign was launched in Wakiso on Thursday and is expected to be spread throughout the country.

The campaign aims to avert 1.8 million unplanned pregnancies by March 2015. In turn this will save over 3,700 mothers dying as a result of pregnancy related complications they would have avoided.