Assure every client that she is welcome to come back any time—for example, if she has problems, questions, or wants another method; she has a major change in health status; or she thinks she might be pregnant. Also if:

  • She has stopped breastfeeding and wants to switch to another method.
  • For a woman who has monthly bleeding: If she took a pill more than 3 hours late or missed one completely, and also had sex during the last 5 days, she may wish to consider ECPs (see Emergency Contraceptive Pills).

General health advice: Anyone who suddenly feels that something is seriously wrong with her health should immediately seek medical care from a nurse or doctor. Her contraceptive method is most likely not the cause of the condition, but she should tell the nurse or doctor what method she is using.

Planning the Next Visit

  1. Encourage her to come back for more pills before she uses up her supply of pills.

  2. Contacting women after the first 3 months of POP use is recommended. This offers an opportunity to answer any questions, help with any problems, and check on correct use.