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Abstract

This report is the result of a study that aimed to shed light on the feasibility and acceptability of making injectable contraceptives more widely available to women in India. The study focused on injectable contraceptive users, new method adopters, and healthcare providers drawn from the facilities of a range of reproductive health. Healthcare providers were, for the most part, in favor of offering injectable contraceptives, however, they argued strongly for certain prerequisites, such as comprehensive and sensitive counseling and effective follow-up. Findings further suggest that there is a demand for injectable contraceptives among women, and that both women and healthcare providers perceive a number of advantages associated with the method. We conclude that the inclusion of injectable contraceptives in the basket of methods offered under the national program, along with appropriate emphasis on healthcare provider training and on ensuring informed choice, will expand women’s contraceptive choices and help to ensure their reproductive rights.

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