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Contraceptive Pearl: Estrogen Contraindications

The birth control pill, patch and ring contain estrogen and progestin. Of those two hormones, estrogen carries more risk – especially to the cardiovascular system. This Contraceptive Pearl covers which women shouldn’t take estrogen.

Contraceptive Pearl: Emergency Contraception Clinician Guide

Since EC isn’t available over-the-counter to everyone yet, clinicians should be well-versed in the different types of emergency contraception. This Contraceptive Pearl details the different types so clinicians can know what will work best for their patients.

Contraceptive Pearl: Progestin Implant Update

The progestin implant, Implanon, introduced in 1999, has been replaced by an updated version called Nexplanon. The Contraceptive Pearl covers the differences between Implanon and Nexplanon.

Contraceptive Pearl: Can We Improve Adherence through Counseling?

Several researchers have tried to find a counseling approach that leads women to stick with their contraceptive method longer. So far, the results are disappointing! This Contraceptive Pearl discusses why adherence is low and what clinicians can do about it.

Contraceptive Pearl: the Patch, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Communicating Risk to Patients

Studies of the contraceptive patch and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) have yielded conflicting results. In 2006, two trials found a higher incidence of nonfatal blood clots among women using the patch than among women taking oral contraceptives, while a third study found no significant difference. How can we frame this discussion so that we communicate honestly without alarming patients?

Contraceptive Pearl: Twelve Month Prescriptions

One barrier in terms of a patient’s adherence to their prescription contraceptives is lack of supply. In this Contraceptive Pearl, read about how prescribing a larger supply can increase adherence.

Contraceptive Pearls

This monthly clinical e-newsletter highlights evidence-based best practices for contraceptive care

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