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Features of an Ideal Contraceptive

The desired features of an "ideal contraceptive” are as follows:
• Safe (S)
• Effective (E)
• Acceptable (A)
• Inexpensive (I)
• Reversible (R)
• Simple to administer (S)
• Independent of coitus (I)
• Long lasting (L)
• Requires little or no medical supervision (M)
(Mnemonic: SEAL M SIR)

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