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During the last two decades, Nigeria’s contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) for modern methods remained at 10 percent, one of the lowest rates in sub-Saharan Africa. Following the renewed global commitments culminating in the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning with promises to reach an additional 120 million new users of modern contraceptives worldwide, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health set a new target of raising Nigeria’s CPR to 36 percent by 2018. One way to accomplish this is by meeting the contraceptive needs of women in the immediate postpartum period and beyond. Attention is being focused on making proven contraceptive methods more available and affordable for postpartum use by including newer technologies that are breastfeeding-friendly. The progesterone vaginal ring is an effective method specifically geared for breastfeeding women. For use beyond the postpartum period, an investigational long-acting contraceptive vaginal ring (CVR) is being developed. As a prelude to introducing the rings in sub-Saharan Africa, the Population Council conducted a “Willingness to Pay” study in Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal. This study provides key findings on the maximum consumers are willing to spend for the PVR and CVR in Nigeria.






The Progesterone Contraceptive Vaginal Ring: Expanding Contraceptive Options in Africa