Contraception
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.

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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.

Find out how we’re tackling these barriers.