High rates of contraceptive discontinuation and method failure could cause Bangladesh to lose the progress made in increasing contraceptive use over the past 20 years. This policy brief concludes that if women are adequately counseled and supported to sustain their use of more effective contraceptive methods, they will need less medical attention, have fewer unintended pregnancies, and reduce the workload for medical clinics. Furthermore, if providers are adequately trained and supported in counseling and managing side effects and in helping women to switch methods when they do have a problem, the Family Planning Clinical Contraception Services Delivery Program would meet its goals and reduce discontinuation by over half by 2016. The brief offers a number of recommendations to the program, health providers, and donors to improve these services.
Akhter Huda, Fauzia and Sabiha Chowdhuri. 2014. "Reduce contraception discontinuation in Bangladesh by improving counseling on side effects." Dhaka: icddr,b.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP UP)
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