Expanding Contraceptive Method Options

Contraceptive implants and injectables are among the most reliable and effective methods for preventing pregnancies. Because they require fewer return visits and do not require users to store supplies, they are more discreet, cost-effective, and convenient than other reversible methods. This is especially true for women who would otherwise have to travel long distances to their nearest health facility or drug dispensary for refills of shorter-acting methods.

Contraceptive Injections 

Sayana® Press offers the potential to improve contraceptive access for women worldwide. It uses the Uniject™ injection system–a small, prefilled, single-use device to deliver a new, lower-dose formulation of Depo-Provera® via subcutaneous, rather than intramuscular, injection.
Like the currently available Depo-Provera® intramuscular contraceptive, a single dose of Sayana® Press is effective for three months. Its safety and ease of use mean community health workers (CHWs) may be better able to administer injections outside of health facilities.

Contraceptive Implants

Contraceptive implants last longer than injections, making them an important option for women who have the greatest difficulty accessing health services or supplies. Unfor­tunately, access to contraceptive implants in low-resource settings has been relatively limited. Prior to this year, price reduction agreements covered only certain forms of short-acting contraceptive methods.

Contraceptive Vaginal Ring

Many women assume they do not need to use contraceptives if they are lactating, but research suggests the risk of unintended pregnancy is substantial. Women who are breastfeeding may fear that contraceptives will negatively affect their breast milk or newborn. For these women, a safe and effective contraceptive method suited to their needs is essential. The Population Council is currently evaluating trial introductions of the Progesterone Vaginal Ring, which is a user-controlled contraceptive method for lactating women.
Read more about Expanding Contraceptive Method Options on page 39 of the Partnership in Action report. Download now.