n South African Medical Journal - Family planning in South Africa : missing essentials and desirables : editorial

Volume 105, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In common with most developing countries, South Africa (SA) has a rapidly expanding population. Family planning has a central role in slowing population growth. Successful use of birth control relies on many factors, including economic, medical and social. One of the many difficulties faced in supplying adequate birth control is the growing lack of availability of a number of birth control options. Some of these options are vital for ensuring optimal contraception for all who need and want it, while others are useful alternative options for those who experience problems with their current method(s).

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