Gendered Perspectives on the Provision of Contraceptive Services to Adolescents

Author(s): Sophia Nabukenya
Final project
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Gender and Sexual/Reproductive Health
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Sexual and reproductive health risks, resulting from early, unprotected, and unplanned sexual activity account for the highest rates of disease and death among adolescents in Uganda. Early pregnancy also impedes on girls’ ability to finish school and be gainfully employed. Provision of contraceptive services to adolescents has numerous positive effects on the lives and wellbeing of adolescents. These effects include higher attainment in education and employment opportunities, especially for females who face the greatest risks due to pregnancy. Social cultural factors, coupled with insensitive and irresponsive policies that do not address adolescent contraceptive needs, hinder provision of, access to and utilization of contraceptive services. A comprehensive policy review should be done along with comprehensive sexual education materials disseminated at all levels, to mitigate the negative ideas around contraceptive services for adolescents.