May include use of:
- sample products
- anatomical models
- drawings on wallcharts or flipcharts
- practice inserting female methods
- pamphlets or booklets to take home
- discussion with couple
- role-play for communication skills
Health-care providers can use a variety of counseling techniques
to teach couples how to be successful users of contraceptive
methods. For barrier methods, samples of various types should
be available for clients to see and handle. Anatomical models
can be used to demonstrate how to use barrier methods correctly.
A penis model can be used to show both male and female clients
how the male condom is unrolled correctly as it is put on. Drawings
or photographs on wallcharts, flipcharts or booklets can be
used to show proper placement and use of male or female methods.
Also, women who choose a diaphragm or cervical cap should have
the opportunity to practice putting it in place while at the
clinic. Informational pamphlets or booklets to take home can
be helpful for the client. Ideally, the partner will be included
in the counseling session.
Some clients need assistance learning the necessary communication
skills, especially for condom use. Role-playing is one technique
that can help. In some cases, it may be easier for a woman to
get her partners agreement to use female barrier methods
rather than male condoms.