Sayana Press: Finding the right contraception
"How do I feel about my role? I'm excited!"
Emiade Kudirat, 24, is a Community Health Extension Worker doing outreach with the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) for the last 18 months. She specializes in the Sayana Press - a three-month, progestin-only injectable contraceptive favoured for its convenience in administration and portability.
"I go from house-to-house to provide health education and introduce family planning services. I do counselling and provision of these services too. The PPFN model can really reduce the mortality rate of women in the community. We're taking the clinic to women at the market, to their homes and to their work."
One patient, 24-year-old Bukola Polpoola, says she is happy that her treatment was free and easy.
"In my village we don’t have any information about this. At first I was afraid it would stop me from getting pregnant again. I’d heard stories of side effects. I’m a nurse and even I began to wonder about it. But I called the clinic and they counselled me and reassured me.”
She talked to her partner before she decided to get an implant. Now, she says, she’d recommend it to anyone.
"I would be happy to spread the word in my village. Taking this will help you plan your life. For example, you know that for the next two years you can’t get pregnant and you’ll be able to plan your life properly because an unwanted pregnancy can stop you from getting an education or a job. This removes that fear for a time."
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