Family planning is the planning of every individual and couples in their life to decide and attain their desired number to have children and the spacing and timing of their births. And doctors say that family planning is couples decision and cannot be imposed on anyone.
“There is a family welfare department of MCGM (Municipal Corporation Of Greater Mumbai) as well as State Maharashtra Government Welfare department, which was initially as family planning department. Mala N and Mala D tablets are available free of cost. There is barrier (contraception) in the form of condom, which is freely available. To encourage family planning, vasectomy (which is a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception) needs to be emphasized. But in Indian scenario, the situation is that women are more subjected to contraception then men,” said Dr. Niranjan Chavan, Professor, Gynaecology Department at LTMG (Sion) Hospital.
Doctors also feel that family planning is encouraged through a lot of advertisements and jingles. “In India, women do have access to family planning. There are a lot of educational materials available and awareness programmes done. Family planning will help for political empowerment of woman,” explained Dr. Neeta Warty, gynaecologist at Breach Candy Hospital.
Doctors also inform that encouraging family planning can also help curb the population. “Family planning will lead to woman empowerment. A woman will be able to transform her life and live a healthy life”, said Dr. Chavan.
Key Facts by WHO
Some family planning methods, such as condoms, help prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
Family planning / contraception reduces the need for abortion, especially unsafe abortion
Family planning reinforces people’s rights to determine the number and spacing of their children
By preventing unintended pregnancy, family planning /contraception prevents deaths of mothers and children