Mothers reported feeling pregnant all the time, while others went into depression. An elderly attendant at the desk responds in the affirmative and fishes out tiny pink tablets from one of the drawers. The once-a-month contraceptive pill has been used in China since the 1960s. The pills have Chinese writings on them and the woman […] AT a popular herbal clinic in Ngara, Nairobi, a woman enquires whether there are herbal contraceptives on sale.An elderly attendant at the desk responds in the affirmative and fishes out tiny pink tablets from one of the drawers. About 5.8 per cent of the pill users developed hypertension during the first year of use. The paper, published in the journal Contraception, indicated high incidence of side effects and hypertension in the short term. Christine Mwakapila, a 33-year-old mother of two, says she also tried the Chinese pill for a month but upon hearing of the adverse side effects some women had, she stopped. Dizziness 11. 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It contains the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which women produce naturally and is available in three types, so if you opt for this method you must be sure that you know which type your doctor has prescribed you: the every day pill or the 21 day pill of which there are two types. Each pill goes for USD 5.00. He also noted that the MoU between the two institutions is timely as it is a mode of closing up the existing digital divide in the country and ensure optimal usage of ICTs and e-Services by citizens. She is now eight months pregnant and plans to continue using the Chinese pills after giving birth. The report says the high monthly hormone doses raise questions about the safety of the pills. Read the blog. “All I see are women coming here with complications. About 10% of women are going to have that effect. ” Such should only be decided by the citizenry and can not be imposed by the ministry. Ludovic Mwape, the public relations officer at Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority. Even though they are marketed as herbal products, studies conducted on the contraceptives show that they have high doses of estrogen and progestogen, which are artificial hormones. Raised blood pressure 9. diarrhea 10. The Chinese contraceptives are on sale in many herbal clinics in the country. This may persist in some cases but is likely to die off eventually. Employees of ECM Farms’ skills set now includes food processing and packaging which as it adds value to the produce they sell to Shoprite Zambia. All Rights Reserved. Hormonal IUDs can have similar side effects to those of the pill. It worked for about three months but going in the fourth month, I started having a funny feeling in the abdomen and experienced heavy bleeding that lasted almost another three months. “There are no contraceptives without side-effects,” the attendant says. “Through the development and implementation of the Government Service Bus, Government through SMART Zambia Institute provides an opportunity for Citizens to access Government services effortlessly and in a more effective and efficient manner and therefore spurring Social Economic Development for the Citizens and the Nation,” he said. I decided to try the Chinese pill because I was told it was herbal. “I decided to try the Chinese pill because I was told it was herbal,” she says. “For me the only side-effects I experienced are the good ones,” says Jane Maingi, a housewife in Nairobi. Prudence Phiri, GPJ, translated some interviews from Nyanja. “If they are imported as medicine, they have to be registered in Kenya,” Osur says. “People selling herbal medicine are registered under the Department of Cultural Services. Common side effects of contraceptive pills include high blood pressure, severe headaches, lower extremity pain, blood clots and loss of menses. What if they don’t work? Side effects with the emergency contraceptive pill. July 26, 2018 mwebantunews. “I have taken the pill for the last eight months and I don’t have any complications,” she says. The most serious side effects include severely low blood pressure and loss of consciousness. About seven percent of Chinese that use contraception choose to use temporary forms of contraception, such as contraceptive pills and … Kimani said children under the age of three were having enlarged breasts and uteruses after their mothers used these contraceptives. contraceptive translate: 避孕用具;避孕藥. “All I know is that we serve hundreds of clients every month and none of them has come back to say that the pills have given them problems.”. Acne. “In 1995 my father was the only one farming, but today we have six permanent and four part-time employees. There are a range of common side effects associated with birth control pills. “The registration process is very stringent and thorough. The contraceptive pill can cause side effects - it's a well-known fact. So 10% of women are going to have a benefit, 10% of women are going to have a side effect. Since she discovered the Chinese contraceptives, she has never looked back. “Of course it is a medicine that is approved.”. But the woman is still skeptical and keeps asking about the side-effects and the efficacy of pills. She says the pill, which isn’t legal in Zambia, caused heavy bleeding. Now, most Chinese clinics that purport to sell herbal medicine in Lusaka stock the pills. The Chinese single dose monthly contraceptive pill, also referred to as a once-a-month contraceptive pill, is now becoming common among women. A friend introduced her to a contraceptive, sold in Chinese clinics in Lusaka, that could be taken just once each month. For Quin-Ng and Quin-Lng once-a-month pills, 1 year continuation rates were 73.6 and 82.1 per 100, respectively. These pills may help you to track your menstrual cycle more closely. Acne 8. Taking contraceptive pills or birth control pills may often result in tenderness of the breasts for women. The report, however, notes that available evidence indicates a high incidence of bothersome side-effects and hypertension. He refused to explain why he considers the pill to be herbal when it contains artificial hormones. He/she may switch you to another birth control pill. It is until someone carries out a chemical analysis on them that we can say whether they are safe or not,” Osur says. Most of these complications are prolonged bleeding and it is difficult to manage the effects because we don’t know what they were given.”. Very little is known about the long-term effects of the monthly pills. The retailer started with only four suppliers in 1995 and grew that number to the current 127 supplying to its supermarkets today. Health officials say women should be cautious when using them because it’s not clear what they contain, and some women have reported serious side effects including heavy bleeding. Most of the users interviewed said the pills are convenient since they are taken only once every month, unlike conventional pills that have to be taken daily. Since starting the pill about 3 years ago my (Chinese) mother has been badgering me to go off of it because she’s concerned about the after-effects. In view if the above, it is the ministry’s considered that the debate on the dress code is out context and premature to be a topic currently, and in the midst of other challenges such as the fight against COVID- 19 pandemic, ” Mrs Musukwa said. This happens due to the hormonal changes which the pill causes in the body of the female. For Quin-Ng and Quin-Lng once-a-month pills, 1 year continuation … © Copyright © 2020 Mwebantu. I don’t think her argument is sound but for some reason it is always kind of sitting in the back of my mind. Vaginal discharge Consult your doctor if these don't subside after two or three months. After two months, Tembo says, she had heavy bleeding, so she stopped taking the pill. Maingi was on the pill for two years but then stopped because she wanted another baby. These include headaches, mood swings, nausea and breast tenderness. His cousin told him about Freshmark, the fresh produce procurement arm of Shoprite, and so a mutually beneficial business relationship started, which fuelled the growth of his business, ECM Farms, managed these days by his daughter, Mazuba Mweemba Songwe. Skills development is yet another positive outcome of this fruitful partnership. Osur says the drugs are probably imported as herbal medicine or supplements and that is why they have never come under the radar of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board. Zhai says the pill contains levonorgestrel and quinestrol, which are artificial hormones. The fact that the language on the package is in Chinese confirms that the pill has not been approved. This usually clears up after the first couple of months, but if you are still experiencing these side effects after a while, you might want to try a different pill. Generally, some side effects associated with the pill include: breast tenderness, an increased sex drive, mood changes, headaches, fluid retention, rise in blood pressure and nausea. The Contraceptive Pill. One of the most common side effects of a contraceptive pill for women is headache and a feeling of dizziness. The head of reproductive health division at the Health ministry declined to comment on the matter. Breastfeeding children developed swollen feet, knock knees and stunted speech. Once-a-month contraceptive pills have been used in China since the 1960s. Despite this warning, the Chinese contraceptives continue to be popular among women in Kenya. In 2009, then Director of Medical Services Dr Francis Kimani raised the alarm on reports of health complications linked to the use of the Chinese contraceptives, but the warning seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Seemingly worked up, the attendant hands back her money and asks her to leave, saying she cannot guarantee that the pills will not have negative side-effects on her. Public Relations officer Chibesa Musukwa says the ministry is aware of diverse culture the country is endowed with and civil and human rights its people enjoy. The pills are popular, but they’re not legal. Nausea and increased leukorrhea were common; bleeding control was good. Mood swings 7. A Chinese-made fertility pill that was banned from the Kenyan market 10 years ago due to multiple negative side effects on women and babies is being sold … THE National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) Executive director  Royson Mukwena says improved Information Communication Technology (ICTs) infrastructure directly translates into Zambia enjoying some of the benefits of the globalised economy. The progesterone-only contraceptive implant ’s very common side effects can include irregular periods, acne, breast tenderness and headaches. But some women who have taken the pill say it causes heavy bleeding. He said digitalisation of the economy promotes the livelihoods of citizens at various levels of society. Non-hormonal or copper IUDs can cause spotting, irregular periods, heavier periods, and worsened cramps. Problem or side effect: Choosing a contraceptive pill to help: Irregular periods. Zhai, a man who runs a clinic that sells the pills, says they’re legal for use in Zambia. Oral contraceptive pills are adopted by worldwide women. When you first start the pill, it's common to experience continuous bleeding or spotting between your periods. Each pill goes for 20 Zambian kwacha ($2). The Health Service Executive advises women to consider changing their pill after a few months if any side effects they experience do not lessen and eventually stop. Nausea and increased leukorrhea were common; bleeding control was good. [email protected]. Hypertension developed in 5.8% of Quin-Ng pill users during the first year of use. Some of the women who have used the pill confirm these findings. Breast tenderness 6. We’ll go over the mild and more serious side effects of the pill. “Our growth has been phenomenal. “It worked for about three months but going in the fourth month, I started having a funny feeling in the abdomen and experienced heavy bleeding that lasted almost another three months.”. The pills, which are marketed as herbal contraceptives, are a popular option for Zambian women seeking non-hormonal contraceptivesomen who have taken them say they cause heavy bleeding. Bleeding or spotting between periods 2. Hypertension developed in 5.8% of Quin-Ng pill users during the first year of use. “Also, a big player like Shoprite has a significant influence on pricing and ensures that we are able to sell our vegetables to others at more competitive prices.”. Osur says it is difficult for health experts to talk about the drugs’ efficacy and side-effects because they do not know what they contain. But it didn’t work for long. The pills go by the name Sophia, she is told, and they are taken once every month. “NIPA agrees with Smart Zambia’s goals to build capacity in our local human resource in the areas of ICTs so that the nation cuts down on expenditure spent to hire foreign expertise to respond to the country’s ICTs infrastructural requirements,” he said. One of the prerequisites for registering and approving medicine is that the name and instructions must be in English. As long as the Chinese contraceptives come in as herbal supplements or herbal medicine, then the board has no control over them.”. AT a popular herbal clinic in Ngara, Nairobi, a woman enquires whether there are herbal contraceptives on sale. A 2007 review of studies on once-a-month pills used in China, including those containing a combination of levonorgestrel and quinestrol, states that high hormone doses in the pills raises questions about their safety. ECM Farms provide the retailer with leafy vegetables like rape, spinach, Kalembula, Chibwabwa, Chinese cabbage and Bondwe. But how can you tell the difference between which symptoms are normal, and … Chinese contraceptive pills are illegal in Zambia but easily purchased in the capital city of Lusaka. “One of the people I sell the pills to is a doctor,” she says. An elderly attendant at the desk responds in the affirmative and fishes out tiny pink tablets from one of the drawers. An elderly attendant at the desk responds in the affirmative and fishes out tiny pink tablets from one of the drawers. Every time she travels to China for business, which is twice a year, she buys enough stock for herself and her friends. You take it at bedtime because the side effects include low blood pressure, hypotension, fainting, dizziness, headache and sleepiness. These include:1 1. Mazuba believes that the greatest benefit of supplying a world-class retailer is the “large, steady market” it provides for their produce. Vomiting may also occur in about 4% of women. In 2010, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board issued guidelines on the regulation of herbal medicine but these guidelines are yet to take effect. He said ICTs will make the public sector more responsive and adaptive to global trends. THE Mweemba family’s fortunes have undergone considerable change since they became the first local supplier of fresh vegetables to Shoprite Zambia, when the retailer entered this market 25 years ago. she asks. Chibwe warns women not to accept medication that they can’t discuss with a doctor. “How can I be selling something that is illegal?” says Zhai, who claimed to be a doctor but refused to give GPJ his full name. 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The reproductive health expert says even the director of medical services cannot ban the Chinese medicine because they do not fall under his jurisdiction. The late Ezekiel Collin Mweemba started subsistence farming after he lost his job at the end of 1994 when the national carrier, Zambia Airways, was liquidated. LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Esnart Tembo is pregnant and has a 1-year-old baby. In a media statement made available to Mwebantu, Mrs Musukwa said the minister’s statement was misrepresented as her comment as her comment was on the National Dress Code and not the dress code. “The fact that the language on the package is in Chinese confirms that the pill has not been approved,” Mwape says. Increased appetite 12. Most of those who sell them and those who use them do not seem to have much information on these pills because they are packaged in Chinese. Side effects, if they occur at all, are usually short-term and mild. Common side effects of the progesterone-only contraceptive injection include headaches, irregular periods, weight gain and abdominal discomfort. Weight gainor water retention 4. INSIDE THE STORY: Hoping for a story that could go viral, GPJ Reporter Prudence Phiri listens in on a conversation in a hair salon and comes away with a hot idea. She leaves her baby at home when she goes to work, she says, because she fears that people might laugh at her because her children will be so close in age. Biphasic, triphasic and multiphasic pills have differing hormone levels throughout the pack to more closely mimic the natural cycle. “We specialise in establishing long-term partnerships with local suppliers, so that their enterprises can grow alongside our business to the benefit of many more Zambians,” explains Charles Bota, General Manager of Shoprite Zambia. The MEDiCAM statement warned of an increased risk of blood clots, troublesome breakthrough bleeding, nausea, head­aches, weight gain, and breast tenderness. Esnart Tembo, (CQ) (CQ) a young, pregnant mother who has used a Chinese contraceptive pill, works selling roasted mice near a bus stop in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city. The housewife says if the pills had any negative effects, she would have known by now. “My libido was so high that I used to beg my husband to sneak out from work and come back home.”. Dr Joachim Osur, the technical director of reproductive, maternal and child health at Amref, says the Health ministry has no control over the so-called herbal contraceptives because they are not registered under the ministry. Even her current pregnancy has been uneventful. What if they make her bleed? Emergency contraceptive pills are very safe to use. None of my clients have come back to complain.”. The Chinese pill is a popular option for Zambian women seeking non-hormonal contraceptives,” the attendant said. So the Health ministry has no control over them,” he says. A contraceptive tablet that acts like the morning-after pill but could be taken up to a month after sex is probably scientifically possible and would be welcomed by women, scientists said. And speaking at the same function, Smart Zambia Institute National Coordinator, who is also Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Dr. Martine Mtonga said improving ICTs infrastructure is an effective and efficient way of running the country’s economy. Speaking during the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between NIPA and Smart Zambia Institute (SZI), Professor Mukwena said training of public sector employees, the private sector and the general citizenry is an investment in human capital and will contribute to sustainable industrial development. Although these side effects are also associated with the daily pill, they are more common and severe in the monthly dose. AT a popular herbal clinic in Ngara, Nairobi, a woman enquires whether there are herbal contraceptives on sale. From side-effects to future fertility, we answer your most common contraceptive pill questions. Chinese contraceptive pills are illegal in Zambia but easily purchased in the capital city of Lusaka. Learn about birth control side effects. The combined oral contraceptive pill is commonly just called “the pill”. Brief demographic data, details of previous contraceptive use and concerns about possible side effects of contraception were noted. “It is the most perfect contraceptive I have found.”. Charity Chibwe, a health officer at the Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia, which provides reproductive health services in Lusaka, says many women have visited the health center with bleeding complications which they say result from use of the Chinese pill. We would never have crossed over to small-scale commercial farming had it not been for the ongoing support from Shoprite Zambia. Almost 90% of the fresh produce available in Shoprite Zambia’s supermarkets is sourced locally. Irregular periods 3. Sometimes those chemicals have long-term effects so we can’t tell what effects they will have on users in the long run. AT a popular herbal clinic in Ngara, Nairobi, a woman enquires whether there are herbal contraceptives on sale. Society president Jerome Kanyika says investigations have revealed that while members of the public have a view that the preparation is herbal and free from side effects, the pill is in fact not herbal but a high dose of combined hormonal contraceptives containing quinesterol 3miligrams and levonogesterol 6miligrams per tablet. The pills have Chinese writings on them and the woman can’t read Chinese, so she engages the attendant for more information. Washington, DC 20015 Chinese contraceptive pills raise libido but cause more side-effects. Anyone who sells the pills or any other illegal medicine could be prosecuted, Mwape says. “I can’t even comment on the Chinese pill because as a health provider I know nothing about it,” Chibwe says. Tembo, 20, sells roasted mice, a common delicacy in Zambia, to earn a living. It is taken on the fifth day of menstruation for the first time, then after 20 days and every 30 days thereafter, Zhai says. “Due to the stringent standards required by Freshmark, the quality of our crops keep on improving, which means we are able to provide all our clients with first grade vegetables,” describes Mazuba. Zambia's leading Social news platform. But some women, like Misozi Mwanza, a mother of one, say the pill works. It takes about one or two years. 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