The client’s partner is welcome to participate in counseling and learn about the method and what support he can give to his partner. A male partner can:
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 no longer meets one or more of the 3 LAM criteria and so cannot keep relying on LAM.
Helping Clients Switch to a Continuing Method
- A woman can switch to another method any time she wants while using LAM. If she still meets all 3 LAM criteria, it is reasonably certain she is not pregnant. She can start a new method with no need for a pregnancy test, examinations, or evaluation.
- To continue preventing pregnancy, a woman must switch to another method as soon as any one of the 3 LAM criteria no longer applies.
- Help the woman choose a new method before she needs it. If she will continue to breastfeed, she can choose from several hormonal or nonhormonal methods, depending on how much time has passed since childbirth (see Chapter 24 – Maternal and Newborn Health, Earliest Time That a Woman Can Start a Family Planning Method After Childbirth). After 6 months, if a woman wants to continue breastfeeding, she can consider the progesterone-releasing vaginal ring.