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This study attempted to examine user perspectives regarding the desirability of the diaphragm as a contraceptive method when included among other methods distributed freely through a family planning (FP) clinic. It sought to introduce on an experimental basis, the diaphragm into an ongoing and well-established FP clinic to increase contraceptive choice. This was primarily a qualitative study aimed at understanding women's perceptions about the risks and benefits, the reasons for use of the diaphragm, and the practical difficulties of using it effectively. It also studied the influence of service delivery factors in acceptance of this method. The study was part of a larger project of the Gender, Reproductive Health, and Population Policies research program. Information dissemination on diaphragms and other contraceptive methods was part of a comprehensive community outreach program on reproductive health education. Based on the information provided and use of the diaphragm over a month women perceived the key advantages to be the absence of side effects and the facility of need-based use. In addition, as this report notes, the diaphragm answered the needs of women who wished to space as well those who wished to limit the number of children.






Asia & Near East Operations Research and Technical Assistance Project