Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I'm pregnant

I'm pregnant, and it's unplanned. And I thought I knew when it is safe to have intimate relations....

Sounds familiar?

If you are female and living in the Philippines, your situation is more common than not. The fact is, allmost three-fourths of women in the Philippines are like you when it comes to knowing when it is "safe." That's three out of every four women who, like you, can get pregnant unintentionally!

"...only 27% of women correctly identify the fertile period to be halfway between two menstrual periods. Forty-one percent of women incorrectly identifed the fertile period to be right after a woman's period has ended. Furthermore, 15% of women have no knowledge of the fertile period." *

Will it help if you talk to someone about this in a setting where you feel safe? For free, anonymous and confidential telephone counseling that is non-sectarian and non-judgemental, call 893-7606 or 893-7603, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ask for Crisis Line, where there is help at the end of the line.

* From the National Statistics Office (NSO) and ORC Macro 2004. National Demographic and Health Survey 2003. Calverton, Maryland: NSO and ORC Macro.

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