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Contraceptive Pearl: Implicit Bias and Counseling

Implicit bias can lead clinicians to encourage certain contraceptive methods over others for particular groups of patients. This edition of the Contraceptive Pearls summarizes recent studies on implicit bias and discusses the importance of patient-centered contraceptive counseling.

Contraceptive Pearl: Oral Contraceptives and Cancer Risk

Fear of cancer prevents many people from using birth control pills. However, contrary to popular belief, oral contraceptives (OC) do not raise one’s overall risk of cancer. This Contraceptive Pearl lays out the cancer risks associated with using hormonal contraception.

Contraceptive Pearl: Continuous Use of Contraception

Why have a period? Hormonal contraception products allow for plenty of flexibility. This Contraceptive Pearls explains how to skip periods by using hormonal birth control. This Contraceptive Pearl was first published March 2010.

Contraceptive Pearl: Multiple Sclerosis and Contraception

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a degenerative neurologic disorder, often begins in early adulthood. The illness itself does not complicate pregnancy or affect contraceptive choice. Read this Contraceptive Pearl to learn more about managing contraception for patients with multiple sclerosis.

Contraceptive Pearl: Is follow-up necessary after starting OCs?

Although follow-up appointments for patients who have just been prescribed oral contraceptives can be seen as positive, they can actually present many problems for some patients. Read this Contraceptive Pearl to find out why these follow-ups might not be necessary.

Contraceptive Pearl: Headaches and Hormonal Contraception

Women who have migraines with aura and take estrogen-containing contraceptives have a relatively higher risk of suffering from a stroke than women who take contraceptives without estrogen. Luckily, there are multiple progestin-only contraceptives, which you can read about in this Contraceptive Pearl.