Myths and Misconceptions about Family Planning

Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs

This booklet describes some of the most common rumours and misconceptions about different methods of family planning. Rumours about different methods of family planning persist because people do not have the correct information about these methods, the benefits and advantages of using the method and how the method works to prevent an unwanted or unintended pregnancy. The booklet is widely used by community health workers, service providers, youth group leaders, amongst others to inform community members and clients about myths and misconceptions about various methods of contraception. The information in the booklet is disseminated at various community events, for example, during an in/out reach where FP services are being provided as women wait for these services. It has also been used in other community activities, for example, with men during their meetings and with youth at colleges and with women's groups.

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