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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Self-administration With Uniject® Of The Once-a-month Injectable Contraceptive Cyclofem®
Author: Bahamondes L.
Marchi N.M.
Nakagava H.M.
De Melo M.L.R.
De Lourdes Cristofoletti M.
Pellini E.
Scozzafave R.H.
Petta C.
Abstract: The objective of this study was to evaluate women's acceptance of and ability to self-administrate the injectable contraceptive Cyclofem® using prefilled UniJect® devices. A total of 102 women were invited to participate in the study. Fourteen women (13.7%) refused to participate. Of the remaining 88 women, 32 women (31.4%) consented to participate and were trained using oranges but were still afraid of the procedure and ultimately refused to self-administer the injections. Only 56 women (55%) ultimately self-injected Cyclofem with UniJect. They performed a total of 144 injections, all of them on the ventral side of the thigh. When nurses evaluated women's ability to activate the devices, they found that more than 80% were successful in both the group of women that later self-administered the injections and the group that did not. The evaluation of the self-administered injection technique showed that more than 90% of the women correctly self-administered the contraceptive using UniJect. With respect to the opinion of the women about the self-administration of the contraceptive, more than 50% (32 of 56) of women who self-injected preferred to self-administer the injection and said that they wished to continue with the self-administration, one-third (17) reported that they were afraid, and seven women (12.5%) expressed the opinion that the injection in the thigh was more painful than the administration in the buttocks or arm. In conclusion, our study showed that women can be trained to successfully self-administer the monthly injectable contraceptive Cyclofem and generally respond positively to UniJect.Women's capability to self-administer the monthly injectable contraceptive, Cyclofem, through use of prefilled UniJect devices was evaluated in 88 volunteers recruited from three Brazilian health clinics. After training in self-injection in which oranges were used for practice, only 56 of these women (55%) elected to continue with the study. They performed a total of 144 injections on the ventral side of the thigh. When nurses evaluated women's ability to activate the UniJect device, they found more than 80% of women trained in the method and 93% of those who actually performed self-injection used the technique correctly in an angle of 90 degrees. 32 (57.1%) of the 56 women who self-injected indicated they preferred this method and wished to continue to self-inject at home, another 17 (30.4%) reported they liked the method but were afraid to perform it on their own, and seven (12.5%) complained of pain associated with injection in the thigh compared with the buttocks or arm. Self-administration of injectable contraception, a popular method in Latin American countries, has the potential to increase contraceptive coverage as well as reduce costs associated with transportation to a source of contraception. If women are to perform self-injection at home rather than at a clinic, they will require reminders about the dates of reinjection and the importance of aseptic procedures and proper disposal of injecting equipment.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/S0010-7824(97)00162-5
Date Issue: 1997
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