Marion Stevens

Birth control hits the spot

Female condoms have sensualised sexual health thanks to the increased tactility of new materials.

Female condoms may have been criticised for being noisy, intimidating and expensive, but their prominence and popularity in South Africa are steadily increasing. 

"Women often say using it can increase pleasure because the outer ring gives sensation to the clitoris and internally the ring or sponge can give extra sensation for the man and woman," said Mags Beksinska, a senior researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand-affiliated health organisation Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health.

SA making great strides in dealing with teen pregnancy.

ON FRIDAY, the department of basic education held a seminar on teenage fertility, hot on the heels of the news that a teenage girl had given birth in a toilet at a school in Eersterus, near Pretoria.


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Health Systems Trust

This report is part of a bigger international effort through which NGOs from sixteen countries have collected strategic data on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights based on the goals in the 2001 UNGASS Declaration. The process was initiated by GESTOS Soropositividade, Comunicao e Gnero, an NGO in Brazil, and was funded by the Ford Foundation. The purpose of the study was to identify gaps and progresses in the implementation of activities addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Letter to the Editor - Lifting the Lid on Illegal Abortions

Your article 'Lifting the Lid on Illegal Abortions, 16 October 2007' makes clear the need for greater public awareness regarding the legality of termination of pregnancy (TOP), as well as for increased advocacy on behalf of women seeking TOP in South Africa. There were a few inaccuracies in the data presented. We are writing to correct these and to further convey the significance of the barriers women continue to face when attempting to access safe, legal TOP despite the passage of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOPA) in 1996.