Sex is a pleasurable act that is enjoyed by two partners, usually male and female. Traditionally, sex and sexual acts are reserved for two mature adults in a committed relationship, preferably a marriage. One of the main functions of sexual intercourse in a marriage is for reproduction. But who are we kidding! Sexual acts are no longer just happening in marriages or committed relationships alone. Nowadays, young adults and teenagers are partaking in all kinds of various sexual acts and this is why it is very important to educate the public on safe sex and contraception use.
Sexual health is the ability to embrace and enjoy our sexuality throughout our lives. Sexual health and reproductive health are intertwined. Most times the act of sex results in a pregnancy, and with a healthy reproductive system, allows you to bring forth healthy children into the world. This is a good thing because for the most part, Nigerians believe that children are a wonderful gift from God. I believe that too! Having said that, unfortunately, sometimes, too much of a good thing can be bad and detrimental to one’s health.
The increase in sexual acts among teenagers and young adults also translates to a high rate of unwanted pregnancies and abortion amongst teenagers and even married couples. In Nigeria alone, 46 million abortions are performed yearly. This increased rate of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions also increases death rate in women and girls. For ten years now, World Contraception Day has been celebrated every September 26 in order to improve awareness of contraception and to enable people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. Comprehensive sex education and contraception information decreases the rate of unwanted pregnancies and abortions.
The concept of contraception and family planning has been a controversial one. Most times, family planning could be a strange idea to some Nigerians, especially low-income earners…