HALF of married women from 15 to 49 in the Cordilleras use contraceptives. The region recorded the lowest contraceptive use at 50 percent as compared to the 54.3 percent users in the Philippines.

Contraceptive use in the region slightly increased by 7.9 percent from the 46.3 percent in 2003 and noted a decrease from 2013 to 2017 with 61.2 percent according to the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), designed to provide data used for monitoring the population and health situation in the country conducted every five years by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

PSA-Cordillera OIC-Chief of Statistical Operations and Coordination Division Aldrin Federico Bahit Jr. said the remaining 50 percent in the Cordillera do not use any contraceptives including that of traditional method.

‘The remaining 50 percent has no form of contraception,” Bahit said.

Bahit added from the national data of fertility rate, the NDHS reported a decrease from three in 2013 to 2.7 in 2017 as average number of children of a family in the country.

Moreover in 2017, pill was the most commonly used modern method of contraceptive with 21.2 percent followed by female sterilization with 9.1 percent, injectiles with 8.8 percent, IUD with 2.6 percent, male condom at one percent, implants with 0.3 percent and male sterilization with 0.2 percent.

Withdrawal was noticed among the commonly used traditional contraceptive method followed by calendar method as recorded from 2003 to 2017.

The usage of modern methods of contraceptives which include female sterilization, IUD injectibles, implants, pill, male condom, standard day’s method was at 43.5 percent last year. This increased by 37.8 percent from 31.8 percent.

Meanwhile, the use of traditional methods of contraceptives which include calendar withdrawal, and folk method was at 6.5 percent in 2017.This decreased by 62 percent from 17.2 percent in 2013.