DMPA at a Glance: Lessons learned about injectables

Maximizing access and quality of services for injectable contraceptives requires well-planned introduction of the method, through training, balanced and extensive communication with the public, application of scientific medical guidelines for provision and use, and informative and sensitive counseling. For policy-makers: if not already done, register injectable contraceptives; ensure that injectables are offered in family planning programs; and avoid restrictions based on age and parity. There are no medical reasons to require users of injectables to have reached a certain age or to have had children or a certain number of children.   

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Center for Communication Programs,Population Information Program