What Is The Association Between Contraception And Climate Change?

Population growth is the main driver for climate change. Unless we make drastic changes, we continue to face severe climate change problems and are heading for climate disaster.

It’s a sobering statistic that almost half – 44% – of pregnancies are not planned. These unintended pregnancies result in either abortion, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or live birth.

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Each of these outcomes has a huge physical, emotional, and financial cost – and a cost to the planet. If we could prevent more unplanned pregnancies, there would be so much to gain for everyone involved, and indeed for our environment.

Across the world, most of the predicted 3 billion pregnancies forecast by 2100, are in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. However, no country can be complacent. The carbon footprint of individuals in high-income countries, such as the US and the UK, is far higher than the carbon footprint of those living in less wealthy nations.

Women need access to good quality information. They need help to make the best decision and support while they are using that method. Also, their contraceptive needs will change across their reproductive lifetime.

We all need to be concerned about the planet. One way we can help – is to be responsible about contraception. It’s time for us all to take action – today.

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