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Section 1

- Objectives
- Methods
- Good Health
- Characteristics
- Characteristics
- Users
- Global
- Pregnancy
- STDs
> Counseling
- Instruction

Section 2
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Section 1 - Overview of Barrier Methods

Effective Counseling for Barrier Method Use

  • Characteristics and side effects
  • Emphasis on consistent and correct use
  • Partner cooperation and participation required
  • How to make it a part of sexual Provider counseling clients
    activities (where appropriate)
  • Common problems in use
  • Where to get more supplies
  • Use of emergency contraception
    if needed

Artwork adapted from PATH and The Population Council.
Slide 10

Users of barrier methods are more likely to be successful when they receive effective counseling. Good initial counseling ensures that clients understand the characteristics and potential side effects of a variety of family planning options. This allows women and men to make an informed choice about which method meets their specific needs. For barrier methods, counseling must emphasize the importance of consistent and correct use.

Intensive counseling, which may involve teaching new skills, is needed to facilitate consistent use. Partner communication and cooperation are also required for effective use of barrier methods. Using barrier methods involves touching one’s own genitals or the genitals of one’s partner. If culturally appropriate, it is helpful to talk to clients about how to make the use of barrier methods a part of sexual activities.

Clear and practical information on how to use the method correctly, how to avoid common mistakes in use and how to get more supplies is also essential. These factors will be discussed in detail later in this presentation.

In the event of incorrect or inconsistent use of a barrier method, or if a condom slips or breaks, clients should be advised that emergency contraception may be available. Clients should see a provider as soon as possible.

Learner Note: Emergency contraception is described in more detail, including definition and dosage, in the text accompanying slide 41.



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