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Title:Traditional fertility regulating practices and child spacing
Author:Getui, Mary N.ISNI
Year:1994
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Volume:1
Issue:1-2
Period:December
Pages:87-93
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:family planning
contraception
fertility
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Women's Issues
Fertility and Infertility
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Family Planning and Contraception
Abstract:Various methods were traditionally available, known, and utilized by women throughout Africa to regulate fertility. These included extended breastfeeding, sexual abstinence, coitus interruptus in the postpartum period, oral medicines, knot tying, and intravaginal devices. Traditional methods of regulating fertility have been abandoned but modern family planning methods are not being adopted. The author suggests how and why child spacing and some traditional fertility regulating practices - those that are effective and do not adversely affect the user - can be fostered to help control Africa's population. Bibliogr., ref.
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