Young ladies, who are sexually active but do not intend to get pregnant, have been advised to patronise contraceptives to help them achieve their goals.
Madam Rosina Darcha, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Midwifery, University for Development Studies, who gave the advice, urged such ladies to choose the kind of contraceptive that they were comfortable with to prevent eventualities.
She was speaking on the theme: “Contraception: Knowledge, Practices and Challenges among Young People” at a Young Voices Forum held in Tamale.
The Young Voices Forum is a monthly initiative of Savana Signatures, a non-governmental organisation, and it brings together the youth and health sector practitioners to discuss topical issues that affect the development of young people in society.
Madam Darcha advised against repeated use of emergency contraceptives as they could affect chances of getting pregnant later in life.
Some of the participants sought clarification on how and what type of contraceptives to use, whether or not ladies, who were obese, could also take contraceptives amongst others.
Madam Darcha urged young ladies to balance their sexuality with what they intended to achieve in life as well as avoid promiscuous sex to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
Miss Faith Laarie, one of the participants, described the forum as educative as it cleared some of the misconceptions about the use of contraceptives.