Balor Rahman Babul: Men Play a Role in Women’s Health
Balor Rahman Babul, Family Planning Client
I had to start working when I was 10 years old, because my parents couldn’t take care of me and my 10 siblings. I have a low income and knew that I wouldn’t be able to provide for a large family, that’s why I wanted a small family. I’ve told both my boys to only have one child, so that they can properly provide for their families. I will be giving the same advice to my daughter when she gets married.
I decided to use the no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) method of family planning because I felt the oral contraceptives that my wife was taking after our third child was born were making her ill. I was 39 years old when I had the NSV done. If I had known about it earlier, I would have chosen that method sooner. I know that some women have a problem with men using the NSV method, as they think that it gives men a license to be promiscuous. My wife believes me and knows I would not do something like that. I think it is important that men play a role in women’s health. Men should think of their wives as their friends and not as a worker for the house.
I have discussed the NSV method with many friends and family members and encourage them to use this method of family planning. I feel it is my responsibility to speak about the method, and I know that as a folksinger, when I sing about this method, people are more receptive. NSV is a good option for men and their wives.