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| May 31, 2013

IRH India Country Representative interviewed about SDM’s important role in family planning

In their article, “Unmet family planning needs: Bad for economy and health,” the Citizen News Service featured the important role of the Standard Days Method® (SDM) of family planning and the need to expand the range of options available to women and couples in India and globally.

In the article, the Institute for Reproductive Health’s (IRH) India country representative, Priya Jha, discusses several ways that a natural method like SDM meets unmet need for family planning:

“It is important to include natural methods that are scientifically tested into the method mix because they can overcome many common barriers to family planning adoption such as fear of side effects and impact on fertility, unwillingness to use a hormonal contraceptive, or religious restrictions. Our experience shows that offering methods such as SDM opens a doorway for those who are closed to the idea of family planning. Being a knowledge based method, SDM can be offered in innovative ways so as to bypass various barriers to accessibility. From our work in India, we know that the SDM can be offered is multiple ways: through the public health delivery system, by involving social marketing and private sector agencies, and via mobile phones, internet, and even with paper CycleBeads.”

The article was published within CNS’s global syndicate, which includes news sites such as the Africa Herald News, Asian Tribune,  Modern Ghana News, Bihar and Jharkhand News Service (BJNS), among others.

[Read the full article here]


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