What and Where

4th Dec 2018

Access to contraceptive products and services - what you need to do & where you need to go

Learning about and familiarizing yourself with contraceptives can be a rather overwhelming process.

We are here to give you the information you need and hopefully make the process a little easier.

You may know all about the different contraceptive categories and the medical aspect of it.
But, you are more or less clueless about the provision of contraceptive products and services.
So far, you have only read content to do with contraceptives online and you are not sure what to do next or where to go.

If this is the case, you have clicked on the right article.

This article covers what you need to do and where you need to go when it comes to the matter of gaining access to contraceptive products and services.

Access to contraceptive products

1. The what

Contraceptive products include the multiple different family planning methods, both hormonal and non-hormonal.

“Family planning methods” is just another phrase for contraceptive methods.

These methods include birth control implants, oral contraceptives, the different types of intrauterine devices (IUD), , monthly injections, male condoms, and so on.

2. The where

Here are a few of these methods and where to conveniently access them:

  • male condoms – shops, e-commerce websites
  • Oral contraceptives, monthly injections, and emergency contraceptive pills – pharmacy specialist doctors, non-specialist doctors
  • Birth control implants and IUDs – specialist doctors, non-specialist doctors

Note: these recommendations are made by the World Health Organization (WHO).

male condoms is pretty much the only methods that can be accessed at non-health locations.

Access to contraceptive services

Contraceptive services refer to the non-tangible aspect of contraceptives.

It is extremely vital to your physical, mental, and emotional health that you have access to contraceptive services. Making contraceptive-related decisions can be a challenging task. So, it is essential that you know that there is help available and it is beyond okay to ask for help.

Here are a few options where you can access contraceptive services:

  • Consultation(s) with doctors – they can perform health checkups and help you decide which option suits you best
  • Online and offline pharmacies – gain access to products and information
  • Counseling – talk to people on platforms such as this one (Between Us) to make an informed decision and explore the most suitable option for you
  • Guidance – talk to people that can inform and advise you on what to do

These services can be offered by all types of health care providers. Some of them being specialist doctors (gynecologist, obstetrician), non-specialist doctors (family doctors, general practitioners), nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy workers, and midwives

Consider these options for access to contraceptive products and services.

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