The progesterone vaginal ring (PVR) is used to extend the contraceptive effectiveness of lactational amenorrhea among breastfeeding women. Previous studies have shown that contraceptive vaginal rings are safe, effective, and well accepted in varied cultural settings. However, the extent to which the ring is acceptable in the sub-Saharan African context is unknown. This study examined the acceptability of the PVR in Kenya as part of a larger project that was also conducted in Nigeria and Senegal. The specific objectives of the study were to assess the factors influencing the acceptability of the method among clients, their spouses, providers, community members, and those who were counseled but did not choose the method, to inform future introduction efforts. Findings indicate that the ring was acceptable to most clients and key stakeholders. In addition, several positive attributes of the ring that were mentioned by participants are likely to increase uptake of the method.
Obare, Francis, Wilson Liambila, Chi-Chi Undie, Harriet Birungi, Shiphrah Kuria, Heather Clark, Deepa Rajamani, and Saumya RamaRao. 2015. "Progesterone vaginal ring: Results of an acceptability study in Kenya." New York: Population Council.
The Progesterone Contraceptive Vaginal Ring: Expanding Contraceptive Options in Africa