The Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) recently conducted the first-ever Family Planning Certification and Forum on Responsible Parenthood which seeks to equip doctors with the basic techniques in contraceptive counseling last March.
The forum aims to inform physicians of the different methods of contraception and their application to women’s individual reproductive needs.
“As medical practitioners, we are in a unique position to advise patients on sensitive yet critical matters such as the significance of responsible parenthood and the role of family planning in securing the overall health and well-being of the community,” shares POGS President Dr. Mario Bernardino.
The session also aims to understand the most common objections to starting women on oral contraceptives, their reasons for discontinuation and switching to other forms of contraceptive methods.
The forum is the first of a series of expert-led talks on the need for responsible parenthood, and contraception counseling among healthcare providers in partnership with Bayer, a global life science company.
The year-round forum will be conducted in different parts of the country, and will seek to empower practicing OB-Gyne physicians with the information and tools they need to counsel and educate their patients on different types of contraception, including special groups such as victims of violence, women of limited education, and those with other pressing medical conditions.
According to Philippines Family Planning 2020, over seven million Filipinas aged 15-49 used modern contraception in 2018, a 1.2 million increase from 2012 when the Reproductive Health Law was passed.
The figure for unintended pregnancies remains high at 54 percent. By 2045, the Philippine Statistics Authority has projected the country’s population to reach approximately 142,000,000 people, even with an estimated decline in population growth from 1.73 percent. to .65 percent This projection was based on a 2010 census, and places the Philippines as the second fastest growing population in the ASEAN region. Gel Dumaraos