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Table 1 Family planning process variables: Questions used for constructing indicators on quality of counseling

From: Quality of care in family planning services in Senegal and their outcomes

Method How to usea Side effectsb When to returnb Protection from STIsa
Pills or injectables When to take Initial side effects that may occur (such as nausea, weight gain, and breast tenderness) Return to clinic if side effect appears Method does not protect against STIs, including HIV
  What to do if forget    
Condoms Each can be only used once    Dual protection
Intrauterine device (IUD) Good for up to 5–12 years Common side effects that may occur Return to clinic 3–6 weeks post-insertion or after first menses Method does not protect against STIs, including HIV
  Users should regularly check strings after each menstruation   Return to clinic if side effects continue  
Implants Good for 3–5 years Initial side effects that may occur (such as nausea, weight gain, breast tenderness) Return to clinic if side effects continue Method does not protect against STIs, including HIV
Periodic abstinence or standard days method (SDM) How to identify a woman’s fertile period    Method does not protect against STIs, including HIV
  No intercourse during woman’s fertile period without alternative method (condom)    
Lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) Must be exclusively (or near-exclusively) breastfeeding    Method does not protect against STIs, including HIV
  Not effective after menstruation begins again    
  Infant must be less than age 6 months    
  1. Only methods provided or prescribed to observe clients were included
  2. aApply to users of all methods reported
  3. bApply to only users of pills, injectables, IUDs, and implants