At eleven, Kike had to do house chores, take care of her 4-year-old sister and do her homework as well; she considered all these too much work. After her primary school education, her mother gave birth to another child, this time a boy. Although Kike was excited about having a little brother, she also knew it meant extra work. What she did not know was that house chores and being a big sister was the least of her worries.
As soon as her baby brother turned 6 months, Kike’s hopes of starting her secondary school education was shattered by her parent who told her she had to wait a year or two. What her parent could not tell her was that the delivery of her baby brother drained their savings due to some of the complications her mother had.
Her parent had to work harder on their foodstuff and furniture business to cater for the family. Kike helped her mother with raising her siblings, doing house chores and selling at the shop outside their house. Four weeks into being her mother’s assistant, Kike noticed that her mother had recently started throwing up early in the morning; just like she did when she was pregnant of her baby brother. One morning, Kike saw her mother in her worse; worn-out, half-naked and lost in thought. Kike moved towards her brother who had been wailing all the while, she picked him up, pacified him while pacing the room and she thought to herself, “Am I ever going back to school?”
Kike’s story is just one out of a thousand, though the circumstances may differ, there are a lot of families who are not able to train their children because they did not plan their family based on their income.
But come to think of it, one tablet of POSTPILL would have sufficed in those months when Kike’s father wanted little or no sex, but something to get his mind off how difficult it was to raise his family. All Kike’s mother had to do was take one tablet immediately after sex.
Or in those months when sales were good in the store and Kike’s mother totoried her husband’s tongue with great delicacies while he returned the favour by showing his prowess in bed, adopting a daily contraceptive pill like Levofem would have sufficed.
And when they were both certain that increasing their number of kids was not going to help raise Kike and her siblings, they could have consulted with a healthcare provider who would counsel them on long-term contraceptive methods like Levoplant and Lydia IUD, suitable for preventing pregnancy for 3years and 5-10 years respectively
With all these available options in place, even if Kike’s father had constant sex out of frustrations, he would still have a well-planned family. His wife won’t be battling to keep her body, mind and soul together and Kike wouldn’t have stopped schooling.