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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.

Contraceptive Pearl: Depression and Contraception

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.

Contraception for patients with lupus

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.

Contraceptive Pearl: IUD Duration

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.

Contraceptive Pearl: St. John’s Wort and Hormonal Contraception

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 Pearls

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

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