Hormonal Methods of Contraception

A health worker administers a Somazet injection for family planning at a community health clinic
Hormonal contraceptive methods, in conjunction with nonhormonal contraceptive methods, offer women a wide range of options for delaying, spacing, and limiting births. Hormonal contraceptives are very effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly and are an important part of a program's contraceptive method mix.
This course provides information that program managers and clinic staff can use to improve the quality of care in providing hormonal contraceptive methods. It describes characteristics of each method, including benefits and possible side effects. The course also looks at each method's level of effectiveness and worldwide use, and it shares country-level examples of introductory and/or scaled-up programs offering hormonal methods. The course also examines ways to meet the rising demand for hormonal methods and looks at service delivery methods to reach contraceptive users in their communities.


By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Name the hormonal contraceptive methods that are currently available
  • List characteristics of each hormonal method
  • Discuss benefits and possible side effects of each hormonal method
  • Describe the level of effectiveness of each hormonal method
  • Articulate ways that programs can meet the rising demand for hormonal contraceptives
  • Describe service delivery approaches to reach contraceptive users in their communities


Thank you to Vanessa Mitchell, CCP/K4Health, who authored the first edition of this course, and thank you to those who reviewed the course: Ann Hyre/ACNM, Ricky Lu/Jhpiego, Patricia MacDonald/USAID, Katie Richey, Ushma Upadhyay, and Vera Zlidar/INFO Project, and Jim Shelton/USAID.
The following individuals provided valuable assistance in updating and reviewing the course:
  • Peggy D'Adamo/USAID
  • Chelsea Polis/Guttmacher Institute (formerly with USAID)
  • Boniface Sebikali/IntraHealth International
  • Jim Shelton/USAID