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.

Dec 15, 2012 Issue
Cardiovascular Risk of Combined Oral Contraceptive Use [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Because of an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, the use of combined oral contraceptives (OCs) should be considered carefully in women who smoke and in those with hypertension or hyperlipidemia.

Dec 1, 2012 Issue
The Effects of Combination Contraceptives on Weight [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Compared with placebo or no intervention, the use of combination contraceptives was not associated with weight gain. Most studies comparing different types of combination contraceptives showed no statistically significant effects on weight.

Nov 15, 2012 Issue
Natural Family Planning [Article]

Natural family planning methods provide a unique option for committed couples. Advantages include the lack of medical adverse effects and the opportunity for participants to learn about reproduction. Modern methods of natural family planning involve observation of biologic markers to identify fertil...

Nov 15, 2012 Issue
Is Natural Family Planning a Highly Effective Method of Birth Control? No: Natural Family Planning Methods are Overrated [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]

No: Natural Family Planning Methods Are Overrated. Natural family planning (NFP) methods are not highly effective contraceptive options. The most important consequence of contraceptive failure is unintended pregnancy, which is costly to the individual and to society.

Nov 15, 2012 Issue
Is Natural Family Planning a Highly Effective Method of Birth Control? Yes: Natural Family Planning is Highly Effective and Fulfilling [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]

Yes: Natural Family Planning Is Highly Effective and Fulfilling. Natural family planning (NFP) is an effective and fulfilling method of avoiding pregnancy that has developed significantly over the past 80 years.

Aug 15, 2012 Issue
Ulipristal (Ella) for Emergency Contraception [STEPS]

Ulipristal is a prescription-only emergency contraceptive. It is at least as effective as levonorgestrel when administered within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse, and is more effective than levonorgestrel in the 72- to 120-hour window.

Jun 15, 2012 Issue
Advantages of the No-Scalpel Vasectomy Technique [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

NSV should be used instead of the standard incisional method.

Feb 15, 2012 Issue
Guidelines for the Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives [Practice Guidelines]

The use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) has increased from 1.3 to 5.5 percent over the past decade. There are three LARCs available in the United States: the etonogestrel single-rod implant and two types of intrauterine devices (IUDs; copper T380A and levonorgestrel intrauterine sys...

Dec 15, 2011 Issue
CDC Updates Recommendations for Contraceptive Use in the Postpartum Period [Practice Guidelines]

Initiating appropriate contraception in the postpartum period is important to avoid negative outcomes related to short birth intervals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reevaluated the safety of contraceptive use in the postpartum period.

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