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Family

Planning and
Contraception
Demographic Transition

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Distribution of contraceptive methods:
India

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Distribution of contraceptive methods:
Sri Lanka

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Analyzing the population growth

 Momentum of the population 58%


– Large size of population in the reproductive age-group
 Unmet need for contraception 20%
– Only 44 % of 168 million eligible couples are currently
protected
– Role of Health sector
 High wanted fertility 20%
– insurance against multiple infant and child deaths in a
family
 Early age of marriage

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Unmet Need

Unmet need for family planning is defined as the


percentage of women of reproductive age, either
married or in a union who are want to stop or delay
childbearing but are not using any method of
contraception.

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Reasons for Unmet Need

 Perceived low risk of pregnancy


– Infrequent sexual activity
– Post-partum amenorrhoea
– Sub-fecundity

 Opposition to use a contraceptive method

 Reasons related to knowledge, access or side effects


– Lack of awareness
– Cost and access to good quality Services
– Side effects, health concerns

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Characteristics of ideal contraceptive

 Safe

 100% effective

 Free of side effects

 Easily obtainable

 Affordable

 Acceptable to the user and sexual partner

 Free of effects on future pregnancies


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Quality in Family Planning

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Quality
Quality is often defined as ‘meeting the needs of clients’.

 Programs that are customer focused consistently involve


clients in defining their needs and in designing the services.

 Providing quality services is fundamental to sustainable


services.

 Providing and subsequently maintaining quality services can


only be accomplished through continuous problem solving
and quality improvement.

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Elements of ‘Quality of Care’ in
family planning

 Choice of method

 Interpersonal communication (verbal & non verbal)

 Technical Competence

 Information

 Follow-up

 Appropriate constellation of services

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Choice of method
Cafeteria approach/ Contraceptive method mix
 Offering the right to the client to choose the
method means giving confidence to the individual.
 He/she feels more comfortable in
using the method for which he/she has been
provided with clear, accurate and specific
information and which is the best for his/her
needs.

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Competence of the provider
Technical competence

Good interpersonal communication


(verbal & non verbal)

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Other tenets of quality of carre
 Right information

 Follow-up

 Appropriate organization of services

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Indicators
QUALITY OF CARE
 Number of contraceptive methods available at a specific outlet
(basket of choice)
 Percentage of counseling sessions with new acceptors in
which provider discusses all methods
 Percentage of client visits during which provider demonstrates
skill at clinical procedures, including asepsis
 Percentage of clients reporting “sufficient time” with provider
 Percentage of clients informed of timing and sources for re-
supply/revisit
 Percentage of clients who perceive that hours/days are
convenient and the range of services provided is adequate.
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Counselling

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GATHER
Approach to Counseling

 Greet the client in a friendly and respectful manner


 Ask the client about FP/RH needs
 Tell the client about different methods/services
 Help the client to make her own decision about which
method/service to use
 Explain to the client how to use the method/service she has
chosen
 Return visit and follow-ups of client scheduled
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Rights of Clients

 Information
 Knowledge of not only the benefits but also the risks / side
effects
 Outlets providing FP/ RH services should carry a sign on
a prominent place.
 Access to get the FP/RH services regardless of his/her
sex, race, religion, color and socio-economic status. FP
services should be available to people in their closest
vicinity.
 Privacy
 Continuity
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Rights of Clients (cont.)

 Choice to practice FP or RH service should be absolutely


voluntary and free. A competent provider will help the client
to make a decision and will not pressurize the client to make
certain choice for a certain method/service.

 Privacy for FP/ RH counseling where the client would feel


open and frank with the provider.

 Continuity to obtain the FP/RH services without any break or


discontinuation to avoid the after effects and the give-ups of
the service.

 Opinion about the subject, method used and the service


provided. This feedback is always helpful for the provider to
improve one’s service delivery.
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Using backup methods to increase
contraceptive effectiveness
 Backup methods: contraceptive methods used simultaneously
w/another method to support it

 Condoms, foam, diaphragm, can all be combined w/other


methods for extra protection

 When a backup method might be a good idea:


– If on the pill:
• During first cycle of the pill
• After forgetting 2 or more pills, or after several days of diarrhea or vomiting when on the pill
• First month after switching pill type
• When taking medications that can reduce effectiveness of the pill
– During first 1-3 months after IUD insertion
– When first learning how to use a new method
– To increase overall effectiveness of contraception
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Methods of Contraception

 Natural methods

 Barrier methods

 Hormonal methods

 IUD

 Sterilization

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Effectiveness of birth control methods

w/o spermicide

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Natural Family planning methods
 They include:
– Calendar (Rhythm) method
– Standard Day Method
– Basal body temperature
– Cervical mucous method
– Symptothermal method
– Ovulation awareness method
– Lactational amenorrhea method
– Withdrawal ( Coitus interruption )

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Fertility Awareness Methods

 Standard days method


– For women w/cycles b/w 26 & 32 days
– Couples avoid unprotected intercourse b/w days 8-19 of each menstrual cycle
– Highest rate of effectiveness of natural family planning methods

 Calendar method: self- knowledge of fertility


– After charting cycles for some time (preferably 1 year), a woman estimates the
time she is ovulating based on the calendar

 Mucus method: based on cyclical changes


– Vaginal secretions change throughout cycle; woman learns to “read” these
changes and keeps a daily chart

 Basal body-temperature
– Based on changes in body temperature around ovulation

 Combination of these methods

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Standard Days Method (w/Cyclebeads)
If you have not started 1 On the day you start your
your period by the day your period, move the
after you put the ring on ring to the RED bead.
the last brown bread,
contact your provider. Also, mark this date
on your calendar

2 Every morning
If you start
your period move the ring
before you put to the next
the ring on the bead.
darker brown Always move
bead, contact the ring from
your provider. On WHITE bead days the narrow to
(may not be a good you can get pregnant. the wide end.
method for you)
Avoid unprotected
intercourse to prevent
On BROWN bead a pregnancy.
days you can
have intercourse
with very low When you start your
probability of next period, move the
pregnancy. ring directly to red
bead and begin again.
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Arevalo M et al., Contraception, 2002;65:333-338.
Cervical Mucus Method

Early Transitional Highly Fertile


Mucus Mucus Mucus

• Slight amount • Increasing • Profuse


• Thick amounts • Thin
• White • Thinner • Transparent
• Sticky • Cloudy • Stretchy
• Holds its shape • Slightly stretchy
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Calendar or Rhythm Method

Low-risk Days

These days may be

8
unsafe if 28-day cycle
varies as much as 8-9
days between shortest
and longest cycles.

Intercourse on these days


may leave live sperm to
fertilize egg.
Egg may still
be present Ovulation

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Basal Body Temperature Method
 BBT=body temp in resting state on waking

 Slight drop immediately before ovulation

 After ovulation, release of progesterone causes


slight increase in temperature

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Fertility Awareness Methods
pros & cons
 Pros:
– Essentially free
– No medical side effects
– Does not interrupt sexual activity
– Woman gains awareness about her body and natural cycles, which
can increase comfort w/sexuality
– Acceptable to Catholic Church

 Cons:
– No STI protection
– Requires some degree of discipline in order to keep track of
calendar/charts, etc.
– Need to abstain from intercourse or use a backup method during
fertile days

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Barrier & spermicide methods

 Include:
– Condoms (male & female)
– Spermicides (foam, sponge)
– Cervical barriers (diaphragm & cervical cap)

 Work by preventing sperm from reaching an egg

 Condoms provide protection against STIs

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Condoms (male)

 Sheath that fits over the erect penis

 The only temporary method of birth control for men

 Only form of contraception that effectively


reduces STI transmission

 Made of thin latex, polyurethane, or natural membrane

 Many varieties
– Different features, shapes, textures, colors, flavors
– Lubricated or nonlubricated

 Note: average shelf life of condoms is 5 years; don’t store latex condoms in
hot places (glove compartment, back pocket) b/c heat can deteriorate the latex

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How to use the (male) condom

 Pinch reservoir tip or twist tip of nonreservoir tip condom before unrolling
condom over the penis to leave room for ejaculate--reduces chance of
condom breaking
 Unroll condom over erect penis before any contact between the penis and
vulva occurs

 Use a water-based lubricant to reduce risk of condom breaking (oil-based


lubricants deteriorate condom)

 Hold condom at the base of the penis before withdrawing from the vagina to
avoid spilling semen inside vagina

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Female condom

 Consists of two flexible polyurethane rings and a soft,


loose-fitting polyurethane sheath
– One ring at closed end fits loosely against cervix; other ring
at open end encircles the labial area

 Can be inserted before sexual activity; don’t need to


remove it immediately following ejaculation

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Costs, pros, & cons of condoms
 Costs
– Male condoms, about $0.75-$1 each
– Female condoms, about $3 each

 Advantages
– STI protection!
– Available w/o prescription or medical intervention

 Disadvantages
– Can reduce sensation
• Polyurethane transmits heat well, so some say that the female condom has less reduction in
sensation
– Interruption of sexual experience (though some couples find sensual
ways of incorporating condoms into foreplay)
– Note: female condom can be inserted several hours before intercourse

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Vaginal spermicides

 Include: foam, sponge, suppositories, creams, film

 Spermicide: chemical that kills sperm (nonoxynol-9)

 Cost: $0.85 per application

 Advantage: no prescription necessary

 Disadvantages:
– Interruption of sexual experience (except for the
sponge)
– Skin irritation (which can increase susceptibility to
STI infection)
– No protection from STIs
– Not effective enough to be used w/o a condom or
other method
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Cervical barrier devices
diaphragm Cerv cap
 Cervical cap: covers cervix only

 Diaphragm: covers upper FemCap


Lea’s shield
vaginal wall behind cervix
underneath pubic bone

 FemCap & Lea’s shield have


removal straps

 Lea’s Shield allows a one-way flow


of fluid from cervix to vagina

 Method is usually combined


w/spermicide

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How to use cervical barrier devices

 Diaphragm & cervical cap: need to be fitted (may need to be refitted w/weight
gain or loss >10 lbs.)

 FemCap & Lea’s Shield do not have to be fitted, but still require a prescription
in the U.S.

 Use diaphragm & cervical cap only with water-based lubricants b/c they are
latex (FemCap & L.S. are silicone)

 Can insert up to 6-8 hr. before intercourse; should leave in at least 8 hr after

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Placement of cervical barrier devices

(& FemCap)

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Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)

 Small plastic objects inserted into


uterus

 3 generations
– Inert progesterone
– Copper-releasing
– Hormone-releasing (progesterone)

 Have fine plastic threads attached that hang slightly out of


cervix into vagina for removal

 Very high continuation rate (how many women are still using
it one year after starting) compared w/other methods
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IUD Mechanisms of Action

Levonorgestrel-Releasing IUD Copper-Releasing IUD


(LNG-IUS, Mirena®) (ParaGard® T380A)
– Inhibits fertilization – Inhibits fertilization
– Thickens cervical mucous – Releases copper ions (Cu2+)
– Inhibits sperm function that reduce sperm motility
– Thins and suppresses the – May disrupt the normal
endometrium division of oocytes and the
formation of fertilizable ova
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Costs, pros, & cons of IUDs

 Advantages
– Very effective (essentially no “user error”)
– Long-term protection
– No interruption of sexual activity
– Don’t have to remember to use
– Can be used during breast-feeding

 Disadvantages
– No STI protection
– Risk of PID (usually within first 1-2 months following insertion)
– Rare incidence of perforating uterine wall

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Hormone-based contraceptives

1) Oral contraceptives (pills)


2) Vaginal ring
3) Transdermal patch
4) Injected hormones
5) Hormonal IUDs

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Gonadotropin releasing How hormonal
hormone (GnRH) triggers
release of gonadotropins
contraceptives work
FSH & LH

FSH & LH trigger


ovulation


Estrogen & progesterone in
hormonal contraceptives
inhibit LH, FSH, and GnRH
secretion, preventing ovulation

 Progesterone also:
•thickens cervical mucus to prevent
Passage of sperm into the uterus
•changes uterine lining to inhibit implantation
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Types of oral contraceptives

 Constant-dose combination pill


– Contains both estrogen and progestin
– Dose of each is constant throughout cycle
– Amount of estrogen in pills has decreased from approx. 175 micrograms in 1960
to avg. of 25 micrograms today

 Triphasic pill
– Levels of hormones (estrogen & progestin) fluctuate during cycle

 Seasonale
– Reduces the # of menstrual periods to 4 instead of 13 per year
– Has lower dose of estrogen and progestin

 Progestin-only pill
– Low dose of progestin and no estrogen
– For women who should not take estrogen (breastfeeding, high b.p., at risk for
blood clots, smoke)
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How to use oral contraceptives

 Different types of OCs will differ in how to begin, and other


instructions--read instructions carefully & talk w/health care
practitioner

 Don’t skip pills, regardless of whether or not you are having


sex

 Take pill at the same time each day


– If you miss 1 pill: take missed pill as soon as you remember, and then
take next pill at the regular time
– If you miss >1 pill: consult health care practitioner for advice; use a
backup method for remainder of your cycle

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Oral contraceptives
possible side effects & health issues
 Women who should not take OCs:
– history of blood clots, strokes, heart/circulation problems,
jaundice, breast or uterine cancer, liver disease

 Women considered risky for taking OCs:


– Women who smoke, have migraines, depression, high b.p.,
epilepsy, diabetes/prediabetes, asthma, varicose veins

 Side effects of OCs can include:


– Weight gain, decreased sexual interest, headaches, mood
changes, nausea, bleeding between periods
– May clear up after 2-3 cycles on the pill

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Oral contraceptives
possible side effects & health issues
 Rare but serious side effects of OCs--must be
reported to a health care practioner ASAP

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Other hormonal methods
(contain both estrogen and progestin)

 Vaginal ring (Nuvaring)


– 2” ring inserted into the vagina during period
– Worn for 3 weeks, removed for 1 week, then
replaced with new ring
– Pros: no daily pill; spontaneity
– Cons: no STD protection, not effective for obese
women.

 Transdermal patch (Ortho Evra)


– Patch is placed on buttock, abdomen, outer
upper arm, or upper torso
– Replaced weekly for 3 weeks, then a patch-free
week
– Pros: no daily pill; spontaneity
– Cons: no STD protection, skin irritation
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Other hormonal methods (cont.)

 Injected Contraceptives
– Depo-Provera (prog.); Lunelle (prog.+est.)
– Injections: D-P every 12 weeks; Lunelle monthly
– Pros: no daily pill; spontaneity
– Cons: no STD protection, weight gain, bleeding, mood
change, frequent clinic visits
– D-P: takes up to 10 months for a woman to get
pregnant after stopping injections

 Contraceptive Implants
– 1.5” rod is inserted under skin of upper arm
– Progestin-only
– Effective for up to 3 years
– Cost not yet known
– Pros: no daily pill; spontaneity
– Cons: no STD protection, weight gain, bleeding, mood
change, surgical procedure
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Sterilization

 Essentially permanent, although vasectomies are sometimes


reversible

 Does not affect hormones, desire, sexual functioning

 Female sterilization
– Tubal sterilization: fallopian tubes are severed to block passage of
sperm & eggs
– Transcervical sterilization: tiny coil inserted through cervix into fallopian
tubes
• Coil promotes tissue growth that, after 3 months, blocks fallopian tubes

 Male sterilization (vasectomy)


– Safer, less expensive, fewer complications than female sterilization
– Cutting and closing vas deferens (ducts that carry sperm)
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Ex. of female sterilization procedure

 Laparoscope: narrow, lighted viewing instrument that is


inserted into abdomen to locate the fallopian tubes
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Ex. of male sterilization procedure

 Vas deferens on each


side is cut; small
section is removed,
and the ends are tied
off or cauterized

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