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Family Planning and Contraception One of the most important choices a woman or couple can make is the decision to use contraception Even if a couple wants a child as soon as possible after marriage the use of contraception thereafterfor child spacingis a sensible decision Data show that optimal spacing between children is at least three to four years Family planning allows parents to give the child the best chance possible for the nourishment and nurturing it needsbefore another child is born Spacing is also important for the health of the childs mother and the harmony and financial health of the family unit Similarly using contraception to limit the number of children to only those that the couple can truly care and provide for is also a wise decision For many couples use of contraception also contributes to a more satisfying sexual relationship by reducing or eliminating the fear of accidental unwanted pregnancy It is crucial for the well-being of children families and communities that family planning information and services be available to help women and men learn about and effectively use a method of contraception Husband-Wife Communication The ideal situation is good communication between husband and wife about the spacing and number of children they will have Some women are lucky and are able to make decisions about family planning and family size in collaboration with their husbands Others particularly newly married and younger women have little or no decision-making power in the home and husbands parents or mothers-in-law decide for them Still others use contraception clandestinely fearing husbands or relatives will disapprove Women may be afraid out of a sense of modesty or shame to talk to their husbands about family planning Some say they are too shy to begin discussions with their husbands others fear their husbands response or worry that their knowledge of sexual issues could be interpreted as promiscuity or infidelity Conflicts arise about when
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