In 2011, The Guttmacher Institute conducted a data analysis of the contraceptive options available to women and the obstacles standing in the way of use.

What do you think is the biggest concern women have when choosing contraception?

Method not appropriate for infrequent sex.
31 million women say they have sex infrequently so want a method they can use in the moment. Three of the new contraceptive options will address that need:

  • Contraceptive gel – This simple, non-hormonal vaginal gel can be inserted up to an hour before sex.
  • SILCS diaphragm – Developed by PATH, this redesigned diaphragm is a non-hormonal and discreet barrier method that a woman can control herself.
  • Woman’s Condom – The newly designed Woman’s Condom is comfortable and easy to use with unique design features that allow for easy insertion, a secure fit and good sensation.
Methods cannot be used while breast-feeding.
25 million women need methods they can continue to use while breast-feeding. Four of the new contraceptive options are appropriate for women to use while breast-feeding:

  • Contraceptive gel – This simple, non-hormonal vaginal gel can be inserted up to an hour before sex.
  • Progesterone Vaginal Ring – Developed by Population Council, each vaginal ring lasts three months and the method can be used by breast-feeding women for up to one year.
  • SILCS diaphragm – Developed by PATH, this redesigned diaphragm is a non-hormonal and discreet barrier method that a woman can control herself.
  • Woman’s Condom – The newly designed Woman’s Condom is comfortable and easy to use with unique design features that allow for easy insertion, a secure fit and good sensation.
Method isn’t discreet or requires partner agreement.
14 million women need a method that they can use discreetly or without their partner knowing. Three of the new contraceptive options are more discreet:

  • Contraceptive gel – This simple, non-hormonal vaginal gel can be inserted up to an hour before sex.
  • Progesterone Vaginal Ring – Developed by Population Council, each vaginal ring lasts three months and the method can be used by breast-feeding women for up to one year.
  • Levonorgestrel-intrauterine System (LNG-IUS) – Developed by Medicines 360, the LNG-IUS can be worn up to three years and is 99.45% effective at preventing unintended pregnancies.
Method causes side effects.
This one! 34 million women feel side effects are important consideration when choosing a contraceptive. Many hormonal methods of contraception can cause uncomfortable side effects. Three of the new contraceptive options offer non-hormonal methods:

  • Contraceptive gel – This simple, non-hormonal vaginal gel can be inserted up to an hour before sex.
  • SILCS diaphragm – Developed by PATH, this redesigned diaphragm is a non-hormonal and discreet barrier method that a woman can control herself.
  • Woman’s Condom – The newly designed Woman’s Condom is comfortable and easy to use with unique design features that allow for easy insertion, a secure fit and good sensation.
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