“Indian women bear an unfair burden when it comes to reproductive health and contraception.
With the culture of shame that surrounds sex, and therefore sexual health, and the still-limited access to healthcare, women often struggle to make informed choices about contraceptives. So, while basic awareness has been on the rise, usage remains limited. Just around 39% of all Indian women use modern methods of contraception such as sterilisation, intra-uterine devices, and the pill, according to data from Family Planning 2020, a global organisation dedicated to reproductive health and contraception.
Among these, female sterilisation remains the more popular choice, accounting for over 75% of contraceptive use in India. The procedure is offered for free by government-run camps, but negligence and even gross human rights violations have often led to deadly results.
That could explain why the government is now increasing the number of free-of-cost methods on offer under its long-running family planning program to include injectable contraceptives featuring the drug depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DPMA. Currently, the program offers female and male sterilisation, IUDs, condoms, and pills for free.
On Nov. 25, the government announced that it would roll out the injectables in phases, beginning with medical colleges and district hospitals.”