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“Contraception Helped Turn My Life Around”

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“In just four years of marriage, I became a mother of two. I felt like my life was in utter disarray. Working through my daily chores, I often wondered if this was my dream as a child. I know that I do not belong to a household of the rich and famous, but this was not the life that I desired for my children and myself.” 

“One day, I went to the nearest hospital, where I met a medical practitioner. The zeal with which she offered future planning counseling and explained all the choices helped turn my life around. I am happy that there are organizations that train medical practitioners and work at the very grass roots of society to change the lives of girls and women.”

—Sheila, 25 years old, who accessed the services of a health care provider trained by EngenderHealth

Today, an estimated 214 million women worldwide want to avoid unwanted pregnancy and plan their futures but lack access to modern contraception. EngenderHealth’s Expanding Access to Intrauterine Device (IUD) Services in India (EAISI) project increases contraceptive use in two states of India—Rajasthan and Gujarat—by expanding women’s access to and use of contraception. This is ensured by providing quality training of service providers from public health services, strengthening an enabling environment on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and increasing demand for quality SRHR services with the help of community health workers. Learn more about EngenderHealth’s work under the EAISI project here. This initiative is aligned with the organization’s new strategic vision of expanding women’s and girls’ ability to claim and realize their rights and freely choose to determine their own futures.

Sheila received in-depth counseling about her contraceptive choices from a health care provider supported by EngenderHealth. With the new knowledge and support from this provider, she decided to opt for an IUD as her preferred method of choice. She also believes that if with this decision she can bring a drastic change in her life, so can other women who are waiting for help. She looks forward to charting her future by staying well-informed and claiming her rights.

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