According to the research conducted by the performance monitoring for action in Nairobi, 4 in 5 women have no intention of using contraception in the next one year.This is equivalent to 80% of women between 15-49years in Nairobi who are in the reproductive age.

This has led to an increase in the number of unintended pregnancies among women of reproductive age in Nairobi and especially women who already have children but do not receive information of family planning during clinic visits.

Choice of contraception has also seen many women vow not to use contraception due to their side effects which have been attributed to lack of proper knowledge from service providers.

Low uptake of contraceptives in Nairobi county has led to an increase  in the number of unintended pregnancies, HIV infections and unsafe abortions.

However, the county governments have been called to action to ensure facilities are well stocked and can offer family planning methods with skilled health workers who can counsel women on the available options suitable for them. by Mary Wekesa


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