Twice as many men in Haiti use contraceptive methods as women

Published on by Rachel Belt (author)

Dr. Florence Guillaume, Minister of Health (photo: )
Dr. Florence Guillaume, Minister of Health

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- More than twice as many men in Haiti use contraceptive methods as women and the Caribbean country's female population widely prefer injections and pills to other contraceptives such as intra-uterine devices (IUD), according to figures obtained by HCNN from Haitian health authorities.

Out of about 1.1 million new users of contraceptives registered in 2013, 69% are men and 31% women, according to a study conducted by Haiti's health department that found of contraceptive users, 64.76% of women use injections and 15.68% prefer pills, and less than 1% use an IUD.

The great majority of Haitian men (99%), practicing birth control, use condoms, while only 1% recourses to the vasectomy procedure.

According to health officials, over 15.5 million condoms, more than 605,000 injectable contraceptives and more than 300,000 pills were distributed last year.

The Haitian government has put in place a program to encourage relevant members of the population to get involved with family planning, as the country tries to contain the population growth to avoid financial and social consequences it would trigger.

On average, Haitian women have 3.2 children according to the United Nations.

The population is estimated at more than 10.5 million in 2013, and a 1.3% population growth rate (average annual percentage) from 2010 through 2015, has been projected by the United Nations. However, according to the CIA World Factbook, Haiti's population growth was 0.99% in 2013.

 

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