John Zulu believes having a vasectomy is a sign of weakness. Zulu, a 59-year-old taxi driver from Piet Retief, called the male sterilization procedure a disgrace to his culture and accused the government of brainwashing black men to accept it.
A male contraceptive pill recently passed its first safety test – but South Africans are unsure about whether they would ever use it, with some men fearing that it might permanently affect their sperm production.
While injectable contraceptives are in short supply at Limpopo’s public health facilities emerges, the Department of Health (DoH) maintains there is no crisis and patients need to simply opt for other methods of family planning.
The apartheid-era practices of injecting women with a controversial contraceptive called Depo Provera without their consent, is persisting today, according to multiple reports from activists, health workers and women who use public health. HEALTH-E’s Amy Green reports.
Lack of proper training on Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) leads to a high rate of accidental pregnancies within the first year of use. In South Africa as many as 600 000 women experience unwanted pregnancies due to contraceptive failure. Globally the rated of accidental pregnancies is 40%. This should not have to be.
Women using the birth control shot known by the brand name Depo-Provera may have about a 30 percent higher risk of contracting HIV, according to new research. However, the link between hormonal contraception and HIV remains uncertain.