3.4  Overview of the stages of counselling for family planning

3.4.1  General counselling

The first contact usually involves counselling on general issues to address the client’s needs and concerns. You will also give general information about methods, and clear up any mistaken beliefs or myths about specific family planning methods. All this will help the client in your village arrive at an informed decision on the best contraceptive method to use. During this session you would also give information on other sexual and reproductive health issues, like sexually transmitted infections (STIs), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and infertility.

3.3  The special nature of counselling for family planning

3.4.2  Method-specific counselling