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.
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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.
Emergency contraceptives with ulipristal may lower the efficacy of hormonal birth control. This Contraceptive Pearl explains how to use effective birth control after taking ulipristal.
This edition covers the use of contraception by people with sickle cell disease.
Advocates for clinicians to decouple pelvic exams and birth control in their practice.
Depression affects many of our patients. In the United States, the lifetime prevalence of major depression is 17%, approximately twice as common among women as among men. This edition of the Contraceptive Pearls reviews best practices for contraceptive care for patients with depression.
Systemic lupus erythematosus primarily affects women of reproductive age and often worsens during pregnancy. This issue covers contraceptive options for lupus patients who usually receive little contraceptive counseling.
IUDs are a great type of long-lasting contraception, and each type of IUD lasts for a different amount of time. Find out the duration of different kinds of IUDs in this Contraceptive Pearl.
As of September 2014, HCPCS codes for removing and inserting IUDs and contraceptive implants have changed. Read the new codes in this Contraceptive Pearl.
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.
Contraceptive PearlsThis monthly clinical e-newsletter highlights evidence-based best practices for contraceptive care
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