Whether emergency contraception (EC) can fulfill its potential for decreasing unintended pregnancies depends on a women’s ability to obtain it. This Contraceptive Pearl encourages giving patients advance prescriptions for EC to increase access and use.
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The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world. This Contraceptive Pearl demonstrates how IUDs can be a good contraceptive option for teens.
About one-quarter of American women smoke cigarettes. Can smokers safely use hormonal contraceptives? This Contraceptive Pearl examines contraceptive options for smokers.
Depo Provera (Depo) is a progestin injected into the upper arm every three months. This Contraceptive Pearl is about how the shot/depo works.
Many clinicians require patients to have a recent pelvic exam and pap smear before starting or renewing hormonal birth control. Do women really need a pelvic exam before starting hormonal contraception?
Do some of your patients wrinkle their noses at the idea of an intrauterine device (IUD)? Don’t forget to suggest the progestin implant! Learn about the single rod progestin implant in this Contraceptive Pearl.
Cost is one of the biggest barriers to effective contraception. About 18% of American women are uninsured, and many more are under-insured. This Contraceptive Pearl explores low-cost, non-hormonal methods of contraception.
When a patient wants to start hormonal contraception, many clinicians use the Sunday start method – but Sunday start isn’t the only way. Quickstart means initiating contraception on the day of an office visit, at any point in the patient’s menstrual cycle. Learn about Quickstart in this Contraceptive Pearl.
In most developed countries, 10-25% of women of reproductive age use intrauterine devices (IUDs) – yet in the United States, only 2% of reproductive-age women use IUDs. This Contraceptive Pearl explores the benefits of IUDs.
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