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25% of Ugandan girls between the ages of 15 and 19 had already given birth or were pregnant Teenage pregnancy rates in Uganda remain high. According to the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2016, 25% of Ugandan girls between the ages of 15 and 19 had already given birth or were pregnant. This indicates a need for continued efforts to address teenage pregnancy and provide comprehensive SRHR education and services. Source: Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2016

Senga

"Can I end my own pregnancy by falling down the stairs or drinking an herbal tea?"

"No, you can’t end your own pregnancy by falling down the steps or using an herbal remedy. There are a lot of myths about how to end a pregnancy. It is impossible to tell which ones might work, which ones don’t work and which ones can be very dangerous to your health and even your life."

"Can you can get pregnant while on your period?"

"It's very uncommon, but it is possible since having your period doesn’t predict when you will release an egg which has to be present for sperm to begin the process of conception. Additionally, since sperm can live inside your uterus for up to 5 days, if you release an egg during these 5 days you run the risk of getting pregnant. Due to the unpredictability of your cycle, if you want to avoid pregnancy it’s important to use contraception even when you are menstruating."

"My boyfriend says we don’t need contraception, because he will pull out at the last minute. Is this a good idea?"

"Not really. Withdrawal, or coitus interruptus as it's known, is not a good way to avoid pregnancy – partly because boys may leak sperm before they come. Also, guys have a dangerous tendency to 'stay in that little bit longer' – until it's too late. Do not risk if you are not ready to have a baby. You need to visit a health worker to decide which contraception method(s) works for both of you."

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