Free underarm contraceptive available for women

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24 April 2014

A new contraceptive will soon be available to South African women. The device is inserted underneath the skin of the upper arm and can last up to three years.

A new contraceptive will soon be available to South African women. The device is inserted underneath the skin of the upper arm and can last up to three years.

Family planning can be a tricky affair if you’re in a relationship with a man who doesn’t believe in it. It’s also problematic if you’re forgetful and tend to skip a pill or two or if you’re scared of needles.

Fortunately that will soon be a thing of the past. A new contraceptive will soon be available to women throughout the country as part of the biggest family planning programme to be rolled out in SA’s history, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says.

The device, the effects of which is said to wear off almost immediately after removal - making it easier to fall pregnant again after use, will be available free of charge at all public hospitals and clinics by the middle of 2014. However, you can expect to pay about R1 700 at a private medical practice.

- Koketso Mashika

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