Training in Menstrual Regulation: The Philippine Experience

  • Lydia Aznar Alfonso


The Philippines with its 54 million inhabitants, is 80 percent Catholic and 15 percent belong to various sects or denominiations which oppose abortion in any form. Abortion is illegal and the government is straightforward in its policy statement for the Philippine population program: “all acceptable methods of contraception, except abortion, will be provided for acceptors to choose from.” Pregnancy termination, even as a back-up method for contraceptive failure, is not acceptable. This policy exists despite our findings in 1980 that contraceptive effectiveness was only around 71 percent, while the contraceptive prevalence rate was estimated at 41 percent.


Family Planning Contraceptive Failure Effective Contraceptive Method Contraceptive Prevalence Rate Filipino Woman 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lydia Aznar Alfonso
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  1. 1.Department of Family PlanningSouthwestern University College of MedicineCebu CityThe Philippines

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