Postpartum family planning is a major component of postpartum care services. The Population Council is working to introduce an additional method of contraception in Nigeria—the Progesterone Contraceptive Vaginal Ring (PCVR). The PCVR is administered vaginally but acts systemically to inhibit ovulation. The PCVR contains natural progesterone and is meant for breastfeeding women to augment lactational amenorrhea. As the Council conducts a series of activities as a prelude to eventual introduction of the PCVR in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria, the detailed evaluation of the postpartum program environment is very important. Understanding the prevailing postpartum and postnatal care landscapes will be crucial in determining how best this relatively new contraceptive innovation would be placed within the existing framework. This report reviews the status of various postpartum and postnatal programs in Nigeria, the feasibility of leveraging the ongoing policy, and program opportunities to integrate the PCVR within Nigeria’s post-delivery care environment for the well-being of mothers and their infants.
Unumeri, Godwin and Salisu Mohammed Ishaku. 2015. "Delivering contraceptive vaginal rings: Review of postpartum and postnatal care programs in Nigeria." Abuja: Population Council.
Delivering Contraceptive Vaginal Rings; The Progesterone Contraceptive Vaginal Ring: Expanding Contraceptive Options in Africa