New and free underarm contraceptive available to women

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01 March 2014

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi rolls out new family planning programme, free to all South African women.

Family planning can be a tricky affair if you're in a relationship with a man who doesn't believe in it. Or if you're forgetful and skip a pill or two or are scared of needles. Fortunately you won't have to do that any more. A new contraceptive will be made available to women throughout the country. It is considered to be the biggest family planning programme to be rolled out in SA's history, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced.

The small device is inserted underneath the skin of the upper arm.

So what makes this small contraceptive device better than others in the market?

  1. It is free
  2. It is a good alternative if you forget or don’t like taking pills daily
  3. It lasts up to 3 years
  4. You need not wait a long period to fall pregnant after removal of the device
  5. Its effects worn-off immediate after removal

Motsoaledi announced the device is available at all public hospitals. It will be free and will be available only  in public clinics by the middle of 2014. You can expect to pay R1 700 at a private doctor’s practice.

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