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Section 1

- Objectives
- Methods
- Good Health
- Characteristics
- Characteristics
- Users
- Global
- Pregnancy
- STDs
- Counseling
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Section 1 - Overview of Barrier Methods

Client Instruction

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

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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 partner’s agreement to use female barrier methods rather than male condoms.



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