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Self-care provision of contraception: Evidence and insights from contraceptive injectable self-administration.

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Summary of "Self-care provision of contraception: Evidence and insights from contraceptive injectable self-administration."

As new reproductive health products become available, women increasingly want to take a participatory role in their health. New developments and formulations of contraceptive products provide an opportunity to support this evolving trend toward self-care. Self-care, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), highlights the ability of individuals to promote health, prevent disease, and manage their own health with or without the support of a health care provider. The recently released WHO Guidelines on Self-Care Interventions for Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights included new self-care recommendations related to use of family planning, including self-injection of injectable contraceptives and over-the-counter provision of oral contraceptive pills. This paper focuses on the research evidence of self-administration (self-injection) of subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC), and the practical experience of providers, women, and family planning programs adopting self-injection practices. We also explore the role of self-care in the provision of other contraceptives.

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Name: Best practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology
ISSN: 1532-1932
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