Turkey’s condom imports on steady decline - report

Condom imports to Turkey, which does not have any large-scale condom production of its own, dropped by nearly 14 percent in 2019 compared to the previous year, Sözcü newspaper reported on Wednesday citing a report from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUİK).

Use of the birth control device may have taken a hit amid soaring inflation that year, Sözcü said citing experts from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUİK).

Condom imports dropped 7.4 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year to 559.2 tonnes, and another 13.8 percent in 2019, registering at 482 tonnes, TUİK said.

The Turkish economy is tentatively recovering from a currency crisis in 2018, which caused the lira to lose nearly 30 percent of its value against the dollar. 

The crisis pushed the economy into recession and sent inflation soaring above 25 percent, prompting aggressive monetary tightening. Even though inflation dropped as low as 9.26 percent in September of last year, the figure rose to 12.15 percent in January.

Turkey imports most of its condoms as a feasibility study for a condom factory conducted 15 years showed that condom usage in the country was not prevalent enough to justify domestic production, Nurcan Müftüoğlu, the coordinator of the Turkish Family Health and Planning Foundation (TAPV) told Sözcü.

Studies indicate that women in Turkey have also decreased their use of birth control, Sözcü said.

The use of any form of birth control among women aged 15-49 dropped from 74 to 70 percent over the last five years, according to 2018 study by Hacettepe University’s Institute of Population Studies.


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