Dec 1, 2015 Issue
The Potential Impact of Over-the-Counter Access to Oral Contraceptives to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy [Editorials]

OTC access to oral contraceptives must be one component of a multipronged strategy aimed at improving access to all contraceptive methods to help women better plan their pregnancies using the method best for them. The efforts by professional societies to articulate the safety and effectiveness of OT...

May 1, 2015 Issue
Provision of Contraception: Key Recommendations from the CDC [Article]

Review the CDC’s comprehensive recommendations on providing family planning services, including how to help patients choose the most effective and appropriate contraceptive method.

Mar 1, 2015 Issue
Risk of Venous Thromboembolism with Use of Combined Oral Contraceptives [Cochrane for Clinicians]

All combined oral contraceptives increase VTE risk. The risk is greater for those containing desogestrel, drospirenone, gestodene (not available in the United States), and cyproterone acetate (not available in the United States) when compared with levonorgestrel. All combined oral contraceptives are effective in preventing pregnancy.

Nov 1, 2014 Issue
Oral Contraceptives Are Not an Effective Treatment for Ovarian Cysts [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Oral contraceptives are not an effective treatment for ovarian cysts, whether the cysts are spontaneous or associated with medically induced ovulation. Most cysts resolve without intervention within two to three months. Those that do not resolve in this time frame are more likely to be pathologic in...

May 1, 2014 Issue
Progestin-Only Contraceptives: Effects on Weight [Cochrane for Clinicians]

There is little evidence that progestin-only contraceptives cause weight gain; in this review, mean weight gain was less than 2 kg (4.4 lb) for most studies up to 12 months.

Apr 1, 2014 Issue
An Update on Emergency Contraception [Article]

Help patients learn which methods are available and how to use them effectively.

Mar 15, 2014 Issue
Intrauterine Devices: An Update [Article]

Three intrauterine devices (IUDs) are available in the United States: the copper T 380A and two levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs, one that releases 20 mcg of levonorgestrel per 24 hours, and one that releases 14 mcg per 24 hours. All are safe and effective methods of contraception that work predominant...

Mar 15, 2014 Issue
Optimal Use of IUDs: Why Aren't We There Yet? [Editorials]

IUDs are safe and effective. Physicians with an understanding of IUD procedures and of their benefits and risks are more likely to appropriately counsel their patients.

Dec 1, 2013 Issue
Common Questions About Vasectomy [Article]

Vasectomy offers a safe, effective, and permanent method of male contraception, with an overall failure rate of less than 1% in pooled studies. Men older than 30 years in a stable, committed relationship appear to be the best candidates for vasectomy. The no-scalpel technique reduces operative com...

Jun 1, 2013 Issue
Contraceptive Education for Women After Childbirth [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Postpartum education may increase contraceptive use and reduce unplanned repeat pregnancies, although the evidence is mixed. The optimal timing and content of educational programs are not known.

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