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.
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IUDs are a safe and reliable form of contraception. With proper counseling about known risks, IUDs can be offered ay any time during the postpartum period.
For many reasons, some people have a low adherence rate to their hormonal contraceptives. This Contraceptive Pearl explains trials run by the Cochrane Collaborative aimed at increasing adherence rates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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