How do women feel about using a vaginally inserted ring to prevent pregnancy or HIV?
Every year approximately 14 million unintended pregnancies occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Women in Africa are also disproportionally impacted by HIV, with greater than three times the prevalence of men in some countries. Unintended pregnancies and HIV are major contributors to women’s morbidity and mortality in these settings. Given this high double burden, female-initiated methods are critical to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV, or both. So, what are women’s experiences using the vaginal ring? We recently conducted a systematic review to explore the acceptability of vaginal rings among women in low- and middle-income countries.