DOH says new family-planning method more effective

The Department of Health (DOH) has reported that the new family-planning method called Progestin Sub-dermal implant (PSI) is an effective approach to meeting the global need for more beneficial and convenient manner of birth spacing among women.

The DOH clarified the misconception that it causes abortion among users through an issuance of the Food and Drug Administration Advisory 2017-302 (Results of the FDA’s Re-evaluation of Contraceptive Products for Recertification) that declared PSI as among the contraceptive products that are non-abortifacient.

“Like any other contraceptives publicly available, the PSI has some temporary side effects like headache, acne or pimples, weight gain and breast pain, minor bleeding, vaginal itching and menstrual cramps,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III stated.

The implant consists of a single, matchstick-sized rod that contains the hormone progestin. The contraceptive implant is inserted in the left arm of right-handed women and vice versa, and can provide protection up to three years.

“Some of the PSI’s advantages include ease of use, can be removed anytime, and is highly effective,” Duque said.

Duque reminded first-time users “to leave the bandage on the wound for a day to prevent contusion, to avoid getting the wound wet for three to five days, clean the wound every day, avoid sexual contact for a week, consult a doctor for any unusual feeling after the procedure, and return to the doctor after three months and every year thereafter for a checkup.”

“The DOH strongly promotes the use of implants for couples who wish to space their pregnancies,” the health chief added, who further advised couples to wait at least 18 months before getting pregnant again to maintain the best health for the mother and child.

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Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco is a grant recipient and fellow of 2017 media fellowship program by Probe Media Foundation Inc. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Mass Communication from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM). After graduating in 2000 she immediately worked as a newspaper correspondent for Today Newspaper until 2005. Within those five years in Today Newspaper, she was assigned to cover the Eastern Police and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Rizal Province, and the Departments of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Tourism (DOT). In October of 2005, she became a correspondent for the Philippine Business Daily Mirror Publishing, Inc. She covers Health, Education, MMDA, the local government units in the eastern and southern portions of the metropolis, and Rizal Province.