Depo Provera (Depo) is a progestin injected into the upper arm every three months. This Contraceptive Pearl is about how the shot/depo works.
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IUD or implant insertion may cause pain, anxiety, and fear. This Contraceptive Pearl covers interpersonal techniques clinicians can use to reduce patients’ perception of pain.
Don’t wait for your patient’s next menses — give Depo today! Using Quick Start with Depo prevents pregnancies that can occur while waiting.
Some women avoid hormonal contraception due to concern about side effects. Other women want to steer clear of all medications. Regardless of their reason, women who prefer to avoid hormones have a variety of contraceptive options available.
Due to the risk of fetal anomalies with these medications, contraceptive counseling is particularly important for women taking anticonvulsants. This Contraceptive Pearl covers contraception and contraindications for patients on anticonvulsants.
Women who take St. John’s wort should consider using a barrier method along with oral contraceptive pills. Pill users who need medication for depression should consider something other than St. John’s wort. The possible interaction between St. John’s wort and oral contraceptives highlights the importance of asking patients about their use of health supplements.
Hormonal contraceptives’ effect on blood pressure depends on the type of synthetic estrogen/progestin and hormone dosage. This Contraceptive Pearl covers the risks of hormonal contraception and how to best establish medical eligibility for initiating hormonal 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.
This Contraceptive Pearl covers Depo SubQ, the version of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) that can be prescribed as a subcutaneous injection that patients give themselves at home. It contains about 30% less progestin than the in-office form, which may reduce some of Depo’s side effects.
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.