October 2021. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) calls on its members to commit to discussing sexual and reproductive health, including contraception, infection prevention and safe sex, in their conversations with young people, girls, and boys.
Around the world, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for 15–19-year-old girls. According to FIGO’s recent new statement, all health cadres can play a role in addressing early and unintended pregnancies. Promoting young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) will save their lives, improve their physical and mental health, and enable them to pursue the educational and economic futures of their choice.
“Obstetricians, gynaecologists, and those in related health care professions, including nurses, midwives, and even pharmacists, can prevent this needless risk of morbidities and loss of life (…) for many young women and girls. By having open and honest discussions about safe sex, contraception, and infection prevention, health care practitioners can protect the health and lives of young people (…)”.