Contraceptive Methods

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The Community-Based Access to Injectable Contraceptives Toolkit is a platform for strengthening the capacity of agencies and organizations to plan, implement, evaluate, promote, and scale up community-based access to injectables (CBA2I) programs and to advocate for changes to national policy and service delivery guidelines. Information on the Global Evidence to support the practice; Country Experiences with CBA2I; Advocacy for gaining buy-in and changing policy; Piloting, Implementing, and Scaling Up programs; and the...
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Welcome to the Condom Use Toolkit. Male and female condoms are the only contraceptive methods that provide dual protection against both unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV. Through state-of-the-art scientific evidence, programmatic guidance, and implementation tools, the Condom Use Toolkit assists health policy makers, program managers, service providers, and others in planning, managing, evaluating, and supporting the provision of condoms. Many items in the Condom Use Toolkit can be adapted for use in specific country contexts and unique program...
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Welcome to the Emergency Contraception Toolkit. This Toolkit contains fundamental information, evidence-based guidance, and programmatic tools for providing emergency contraception. The Toolkit also provides a range of case studies and reports sharing experiences and lessons learned from implementation of emergency contraception programs in countries around the world. Use the purple navigation menu on the right side of the page or the site map to browse the resources in this Toolkit. What is emergency contraception, and why does it matter? A broken condom. Missed pills. A sexual...
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Hormonal implants are small, thin, flexible plastic rods, each about the size of a matchstick, that release a progestin hormone into the body. Many clients are satisfied with them because they are safe, highly effective, long-acting, and quickly reversible. Implants require little attention after insertion, making them very convenient to use. Three kinds of implants are highlighted in the Toolkit: Implanon Jadelle Sino-implant (II)/Levoplant This Toolkit for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers contains reliable and...
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Community-Based Access to Injectables | Subcutaneous DMPA (depo-subQ) Around the world, use of injectable contraceptives is rising dramatically-- more than 40 million women worldwide currently rely on injectables. The increasing demand for injectable contraception challenges programs to expand access to and improve the quality of services. Expanding access to injectable contraceptives with high-quality services helps fulfill women’s right to contraceptive choice and contributes to sustainable family planning programs. This Toolkit includes information about both progestin-only...
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The intrauterine device (IUD), a small, flexible plastic frame that a specifically trained provider inserts into a woman’s uterus, provides very effective, safe, and long-term—yet quickly reversible—protection from pregnancy. IUDs can be one of the most cost-effective contraceptive methods because modern IUDs can be used for many years—for at least 12 years for the copper-bearing TCu-380A IUD, and up to 5 years or possibly longer for the hormonal IUD (commercially marketed as Mirena®). This Toolkit is for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers who are...
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In many countries and regions of the world, young people (ages 10-24) experience early marriage followed directly by pressure to bear children, making young married women (YMW) a cohort with particularly high fertility rates, high unmet need for contraception, and high rates of closely spaced pregnancies. Young married women and first-time parents (FTPs) face a unique set of challenges to living healthy sexual and reproductive lives—challenges that are different to those faced by unmarried adolescents, older married women or older parents. To contribute to meeting the needs of YMW and...
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When used consistently and correctly, oral contraceptives (OCs) are among the most effective methods for preventing unwanted pregnancies. OCs are safe for most women of reproductive age and are used by more than 100 million women worldwide. Many women like OCs because they are controlled by the woman, they can be stopped any time without a provider’s help, and they do not interfere with sex. In addition, community health workers can provide OCs, making them accessible to women who do not have access to a health facility. The Oral Contraceptives Toolkit is designed to meet the changing...
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Female sterilization is the most commonly used contraceptive method, used by an estimated 220 million married women worldwide (about 20%). In contrast, male sterilization is the least used modern contraceptive method. An estimated 33 million married women (less than 3%) rely on their partner's vasectomy for contraception.  Female sterilization and vasectomy are appropriate methods for women and men who want a highly effective and permanent method of contraception that does not require re-supply or action at the time of sex. With proper counseling and informed consent, any woman can have...