© 2005 Virginia Lamprecht, Courtesy of PhotoshareEffective family planning counseling is essential to contraceptive continuation. Providers of injectable contraception need to counsel their clients on the side effects and health benefits of injectables and other contraceptive methods so that clients can make informed family planning decisions. Family planning providers should also offer their clients strategies to initiate and continue using their methods effectively. Many providers will also need to address common myths and misconceptions about particular contraceptive methods.

This section of the Toolkit includes counseling tools to help family planning providers communicate effectively with their clients so that their clients receive an appropriate contraceptive method and understand how to initiate the method, continue use, manage side effects, and seek support if needed.