This brief provides evidence for the benefits of the Progesterone Vaginal Ring (PVR), as it supports (and even promotes) breastfeeding so that infants and children are well nourished, protected from a host of illnesses, and benefit from nursing that is uninterrupted by a pregnancy. In addition, the PVR enhances contraceptive protection for the mother so that she has ample time to recover from the previous pregnancy and delivery, while devoting her attention to the newly delivered baby. In this context, when breastfeeding has been recognized as a health behavior that impacts both mother and child and has the potential to contribute to the newly formulated Sustainable Development Goal 3, the brief outlines a call for concerted action to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding by multiple actors in the health arena.
"Progesterone vaginal ring: Beneficial role in supporting breastfeeding," Project brief. New York: Population Council, 2016.
Delivering Contraceptive Vaginal Rings; The Progesterone Contraceptive Vaginal Ring: Expanding Contraceptive Options in Africa