Progestin-Only Pills (POPs)

The module is designed for the providers in developing countries who most often are tasked with providing FP services—primarily nurses and nurse-midwives, as well as primary care physicians—and assume trainees will have at minimum a nurse’s level of clinical training. Although the module can be used for Community Health Workers (CHWs), they would need basic literacy skills.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. List the key messages about POPs
  2. Describe the characteristics of POPs in a manner that clients can understand:
    1. What POPs are and how they work (mechanism and onset of action)
    2. Effectiveness
    3. General characteristics, especially as compared to combined oral contraceptive pills
    4. Health Benefits
    5. Possible side effects
    6. Relationship to breastfeeding
  3. Demonstrate how to screen clients for eligibility for POP use
  4. Describe when to start POPs
  5. Explain how to use POPs, what to do when pills are missed, and when to return
  6. Address common concerns, misconceptions, and myths
  7. Explain how to manage side effects
  8. Identify clients in need of referral to a higher-level health care provider for POP-related complications
  9. Identify conditions that require switching to another method

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.