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Section 1

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

Section 2
Section 3


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Section 1 - Overview of Barrier Methods

Global Conditions Influencing Increased
Interest in Barrier Methods

  • World mapAIDS epidemic
  • High rates of other STDs
  • Successful community-based marketing and distribution
  • Need for a wide choice
    of methods

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Forty years ago, the male condom and female diaphragm, along with traditional methods, such as withdrawal, were the primary reversible methods for pregnancy prevention. But the development of oral contraceptives, modern intrauterine devices and other methods changed that. These newer methods have usually been favored by family planning providers. However, interest in barrier methods has increased in recent years for several reasons. The AIDS epidemic and high rates of other STDs have focused attention on methods that can protect against these diseases. Community-based marketing campaigns have been able to change people’s views about using condoms on a broad scale, especially in Africa. Also, family planning providers and users are recognizing the importance of having a wide range of contraceptive choices to meet a variety of reproductive health needs.



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