Barrier contraceptives: Evaluation after three years of counselling
ESC Congress Library. Makrlikova K. May 28, 2014; 50463; A-046 Disclosure(s): This work is supported by our firm Pesarshop s.r.o.
Katerina Makrlikova
Katerina Makrlikova
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1. Objectives: This study evaluates the first three years of counselling for the FemCap vaginal contraceptive device. Because the effectiveness of the FemCap depends on user motivation, knowledge and education, we launched a counselling program based on our professional background and personal experience.


2. Method: Email queries received through the program were categorized into individual clusters, then evaluated.


3. Results: In three years, we answered 426 emails, each averaging 1.42 queries. 54% of questioners requested counselling prior to purchase; 46% requested it after reading the instructions for use. 27% of the queries pertained to insertion or removal, 19 % to general strategy of contraception, 15 % to medical issues, e.g. physiological discharge, ectropium, mycosis, reverted uterus etc., 13 % to spermicides, 10 % to appropriate size, 3 % to susceptibility in men, 1 % to failure, and 13 % were classified as „Other“.


4. Conclusions: Although the counselling was primarily intended as a support for FemCap users, almost 20 % of the questioners welcomed it as an opportunity to consult nonhormonal contraceptive strategy in general. Based on this finding we believe, that women, who are not a target group of common NGOs (not teens, not abused, not unwillingly pregnant), have unsolved questions about contraception and sexuality, and they need greater access to credible counselling on contraception and sexuality. We also recommend that manufacturers and sellers of female barrier devices provide online counselling to ensure user comfort and real-time support.


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