Say Teav, 25, smiles broadly as she cuddles her youngest child, now four months old. Her older child, aged 18 months, toddles nearby. Teav is an entrepreneur and runs her own business in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, selling toiletries and cosmetics. She has decided to take some time to raise her children and invest in her business before her next pregnancy. ‘I have a small family,’ she says, ‘there is just four of us [including my husband]…but now I need time to earn money and look after my children.’
Until recently, Teav had never used contraception.
It was her aunt who first introduced her to the idea of using a contraceptive implant and explained her own experience of using one. Teav was interested and visited a Marie Stopes International Cambodia (Marie Stopes) centre to find out more.
‘My aunt took me to Marie Stopes. The midwife gave me detailed [contraceptive] counselling and told me that there are many contraceptive methods like IUDs, implants, and injections.’
Teav decided to proceed with the implant insertion, which gives her 3 years of protection against pregnancy. ‘At first I was worried that it might be painful but my neighbour had told me it doesn’t hurt. The implant is easy to insert and remove, and since it has been in, I haven’t had any side effects,’ says Teav, pleased with the results.
‘I’m happy. I don’t have to worry about getting pregnant [because] the implant is safe and effective’ she said. ‘Women can get affordable services at the Marie Stopes centres. I will recommend this to my friends!’
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