These Implementation Guidelines were designed to assist program
managers to plan for and integrate the Standard Days Method®
(SDM) into their services. These guidelines are based on the experience
of more than twenty international and local organizations that successfully
have introduced this simple natural method into their countries’
family planning programs. The SDM has been introduced into diverse
programmatic settings, including clinic- and community-based programs,
by ministries of health, NGOs providing family planning services,
as well as community development organizations with limited experience
in carrying out health or family planning programs. The method is
being used by women and men with a wide variety of religious, cultural,
educational, and socio-economic backgrounds.
This guide provides information on key aspects of the SDM for managers
considering including it in their programs. It includes background
information on how the method was developed and tested, and the
benefits for programs of introducing the SDM. It also discusses
key steps that need to be addressed as the introduction is planned
and implemented. Of course, not all elements of the handbook will
be relevant to each reader, and program managers are encouraged
to select those elements most appropriate for their programs.
Where is the SDM being offered and used?
The Standard Days Method is being introduced into many parts of
the world. Click on a country or country name in the map below to
discover how the SDM is being implemented in that country: