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Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)
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- Introduction
- Topics
- Objectives
- What is LAM
- Normal
- Mechanisms
- Ovarian
- Ovarian
- Categories
- Categories
- Early
- Later
- History
- Bellagio
- Georgetown
- Efficacy
- Criteria 1
- Criteria 2
- Criteria 3
- Advantages
- Disadvantages
- Behaviors
- Behaviors
- Who Can Use
- Who Can Use
- Programmatic
- Counseling
- Algorithm 1
- Algorithm 2
- Algorithm 3
- Adaptations
- Extended
- Another
- First Choice
- Second Choice
- Third Choice
- Considerations
- Summary
- Summary


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Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)

Learning Goals

Contraceptive technology is an evolving, dynamic and ever-changing subject. To offer high quality services and care, policy-makers, administrators and providers of contraceptive services are expected to remain abreast of current information and practices. Unfortunately, there exists a significant gap between knowledge gained through research and the application of those findings in everyday practice. The purpose of this module is to help close that gap by providing current information to policy-makers, managers, and health care providers. The module provides a core of information that can be adapted as needed for various readers.

This module provides some basic information that will help policy-makers to:

  • gain familiarity with conclusions from current research regarding the Lactational Amenorrhea Method
  • review existing guidelines on contraception and initiate revisions/updates
  • establish appropriate family planning policies.

The information provided in the module will also help supervisors and clinic managers of contraception services to:

  • extend their knowledge of current research and practices regarding the Lactational Amenorrhea Method
  • informally teach and guide other providers of family planning services in the use of the Lactational Amenorrhea Method
  • identify barriers to the use of the Lactational Amenorrhea Method that are due to out-of-date medical beliefs and practices
  • examine and improve the quality of contraceptive care for couples choosing the Lactational Amenorrhea Method.

More specifically, readers who provide direct client services will be able to:

  • describe the key issues surrounding the Lactational Amenorrhea Method, as well the specific advantages and disadvantages
  • identify the criteria for advising use and discontinuation of the Lactational Amenorrhea Method
  • help clients manage the use of the Lactational Amenorrhea Method.


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