n South African Medical Journal - Containing contraceptive costs : editorial

Volume 105, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



There are about 7 billion people living on our planet. In many countries resources are strained and we seek to slow down the rate of population growth. There are obviously many factors that lead to rapid population growth. Contraceptive methods are an important means of slowing population growth by helping people limit and/or space their families. While the cost of older methods such as the oral contraceptive pill, injectable progestogens and copper intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUCDs) has come down considerably, the cost of the newer hormone-based long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods has not.

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