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    Protocol. Femshield Acceptability Study (pilot phase).

    Mahidol University. Siriraj Family Planning Research Center

    [Unpublished] 1989 Feb. 3, [9] p.

    The Siriraj Family Planning (FP) Research Center in Bangkok, Thailand has developed a protocol to conduct acceptability studies of the female condom Femshield. The study aims to assess participants' attitudes towards this new contraceptive which also protects against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Since barrier method use (condom and vaginal spermicide) is low in Thailand, the center has introduced the WHO supplied Femshield to increase protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). 3 advantages of Femshield are it allows free movement of the penis; can be inserted before intercourse; and protects the perineum (where lesions may exist), urethra (an entrance of infection), and the roots of the penis. The Femshield is made of a polyurethane sac (dimensions 8 cm x 15.5 cm; .045 mm thickness) with a removable internal ring to help in insertion and an external ring to hold it in place. The study should include 10-15 sexually active women from each FP clinic who currently use a contraceptive method, are either married or living with a male partner, are willing to participate, and whose willing partners will complete a questionnaire after use. 1st FP personnel will use a screening form to ask each current user of any FP method her attitude based on her perception of Femshield and to participate in the study. Once she decides to participate, she formally consents. A FP worker then uses an admission form to interview her. She next receives 5 Femshields, verbal instruction on how to use them, and a small instructional manual. A FP worker interviews her during the 1 month follow up (follow up form). Study workers send a questionnaire to the partner (husband's form) with instructions to complete the form and return it to the FP clinic. Researchers use the 4 completed forms to analyze the data. (The protocol includes copies of all the standardized forms.)
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