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Barrier Methods
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Goals

Section 1

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

Section 2
Section 3

Summary

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Section 1 - Overview of Barrier Methods

General Characteristics of Barrier Methods

General Characteristics of Barrier Methods Strengths chart

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Barrier methods have some strengths and weaknesses, which we will discuss on this and the next slide.

All barrier methods are effective at preventing pregnancy and some STDs when used consistently and correctly. The degree of effectiveness varies by method. Barrier methods are very safe, and the rare side effects are usually mild. They have no systemic effects. They are user-controlled and can be easily initiated and discontinued. They allow for immediate return of fertility.

Except for the diaphragm and cervical cap, barrier methods do not require a clinic visit and are available without prescription. They are often available from pharmacies, community distributors and other informal outlets.

 

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