Progesterone Vaginal Ring (PVR)

Like all of the modules in the TRP, the PVR module is a complete package of learning resources needed to address the learning objectives of the module, including a session plan, PowerPoint presentations, and accompanying activities and resources. The module is designed for generic groups of health workers. The PVR module materials should be tailored and adapted according to the education and training background and learning needs of the identified trainees.

The module is designed for the providers in developing countries who are tasked most often with providing FP services—primarily nurses and nurse-midwives, as well as primary care physicians—and assumes trainees will have at minimum level of clinical training.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the training, trainees should be able to:

  1. Describe the characteristics of PVR in a manner that clients can understand:
    1. What PVR is and how it works
    2. Effectiveness
    3. Side effects
    4. Non-contraceptive health benefits
    5. Possible health risks and complications
    6. Other characteristics (STI/HIV protection, ease of use, return to fertility, when to initiate and discontinue)
  2. Demonstrate the ability to
    1. Screen clients for medical eligibility for PVR
    2. Explain to clients how to insert, remove, and dispose of PVR
    3. Explain when to return to the clinic
    4. Address common concerns, misconceptions, and myths
    5. Conduct follow-up for PVR clients in a way that enhances continuing safety, satisfaction, and acceptance
  3. Describe when to initiate use of PVR
  4. Explain how to manage side effects
  5. Identify conditions that require switching to another method
  6. Demonstrate on anatomical models how to insert and remove PVR

Read the Quick Start guide below, if you haven't already--and then explore the tabs at right to walk through the Facilitator's Guide, illustrative examples, presentation slides, handouts, and more--all of which you are free to adapt for your training participants' needs.