on her own terms
Contraceptive self-injection offers women and girls a new, more effective, and discreet way to protect against unintended pregnancies–for three months at a time.
It can be self-administered by women, at their own convenience. It is simple and safe, and easy to use.
Studies have found that when used correctly, and on time, contraceptive self-injection is 98% effective at preventing unintended pregnancy. In Senegal and Uganda, 98% of women who tried self-injecting expressed the desire to continue doing so. And in Malawi, studies found that women continued to use self-injections for a year after they started, reflecting improved continuation as compared to injectables administered by providers.
Barriers to access and continuation persist
Even when women feel empowered to demand what they want and need, barriers to accessing modern contraceptives, including self-injection, stand in their way:
- Women lack timely, accurate and relevant information about how to access modern, effective contraceptives.
- There are stigmas and myths around contraceptives, including increased promiscuity and infertility.
- Women fear potential side effects.
- Providers may be biased against certain contraceptives, many even acting as “gatekeepers” to prevent their use.
- Pricing is inconsistent.
- Quality and availability of services and products is poor.
- Overall poor quality or availability of services and products.