Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
International Family Planning Perspectives
Volume 21, Number 3, September 1995

Acceptability of Spermicidal Film and Foaming Tablets Among Women in Three Countries

By Markus Steiner, Alan Spruyt, Carol Joanis, Lucinda Glover, Milton Cordero, Gloria Alvarado and Charles Onoka

A convenience sample of 162 family planning clients in Kenya, the Dominican Republic and Mexico provided data for an evaluation of the acceptability of two woman-controlled contraceptive methods that may also provide disease protection. Women significantly preferred contraceptive film over foaming tablets at two sites: In Kenya, 86% of participants said they would rather use the film and 14%, the tablets; in Mexico, these proportions were 58% and 30%, respectively. Although a slight majority of women in the Dominican Republic preferred the film also, about one-half of participants there and in Mexico complained that the film sometimes stuck to their fingers during insertion.

(International Family Planning Perspectives, 21:104-107, 1995)

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