Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Knowledge of Birth Control in Hong Kong

Adequate reproductive health information seems to be in short supply all over the world. From a survey of 502 single Hong Kong women ages 18 to 40:

  • unaware condoms could prevent both pregnancy and STIs - 30%

  • thought condoms could only be used to prevent pregnancy - 17%

  • said condoms are more reliable at preventing pregnancy than the Pill - 46%

  • not aware of the benefits of oral contraceptives - 58%

According to a local Ob/Gyn, many women are reluctant to use some methods of contraception because of pressure from their partners or beliefs, such as oral contraceptives leading to weight gain.



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