Contraceptive Myths and Counseling Messages

The information in this document is compiled from the Contraceptive Myths and Counseling Messages Database. It provides evidence-based information and counseling messages that providers around the world have used to dispel commonly-held contraceptive myths and misperceptions. Health care professionals can use this resource to correct misinformation and support informed decisions by helping clients understand the facts on how contraceptive methods work, on who can use them, their possible side effects, and much more.The document includes information for the following contraceptive methods:

  • Combined Oral Contraceptives (COCs)
  • Female Sterilization
  • Implants
  • Injectables
  • Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)
  • Male Condoms
  • Withdrawal
  • Vasectomy

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INFO Project,International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF]