Population Reports GATHER approach to counseling about injectables: Depo-Provera and Noristerat

 Injectable contraceptives are convenient, private, and very effective. This guide will help you, the family planning provider, tell your clients about the 3-month injectable called Depo-Provera (DMPA) or the 2-month injectable called Noristerat (NET EN). Counseling is a step by step discussion between you and the client. Counseling helps each client choose and use the family planning method that best suits that person's needs. Good counseling involves friendly, open talk with the client to find out politely what she wants and what concerns her. The letters in the word GATHER stand for the steps in counseling a client about choosing a family planning method: G: Greet clients; A: Ask clients about themselves; T: Tell clients about available methods including injectables; H: Help clients choose a method; E: Explain how to use that method; R: Return visits should be planned.  

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