October 25, 2021

Contraception, IVG ... Where to get information?

In forty years, only four national information campaigns have been put in place. Aware of the lack of involvement of the State in this regard, the Ministry of National Education established in 2001 three annual sessions on contraception in middle and high schools. "The Cadac fought for the law of 2001 forcing colleges and high schools to talk about contraception is born", reminds Maya Surduts. A theoretical obligation. A simple option in practice. "I do not have time to discuss all topics with students, I prefer info on drugs, tobacco and alcohol before the one about contraception", admits the nurse of the Lycée Charlemagne, in the XIIIe district of Paris.

Are health professionals more able to inform about contraception? Not really. As confirmed Fabien Quédevile, president of the SNJMG (National Union of Young General Practitioners), the study of contraception in the curriculum of general practitioners takes between three and six hours over nine years of study. They can resort to regular training on the subject but nothing requires them. Only 20% of them benefit from paid and funded training to update their knowledge. Many patients consult their GP for contraception because they can not wait between eight days and three months to get an appointment with a gynecologist. Some doctors and specialized centers, lacking time and information, are discharging their obligations. Nevertheless, family planning centers remain a good source of information.

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