Family Planning and Contraception

May 15, 2006 Issue
Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System (Mirena) for Contraception [STEPS]

The levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system is a reliable, reversible, low-maintenance method of long-term contraception. Rates of failure are similar to those of female sterilization, and the risk of expulsion is minimal for most users.

Mar 1, 2006 Issue
Cyclic vs. Continuous or Extended- Cycle Combined Contraceptives [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Evidence shows no difference in safety or effectiveness between cyclic and continuous or extended-cycle combined contraceptives. There are fewer menstrual symptoms with extended-cycle contraceptives. Patients’ satisfaction and adherence is similar for all types.

Jan 1, 2006 Issue
Emergency Contraception: AAP Review [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that education and counseling about emergency contraception be incorporated into the annual preventive visits of adolescent patients when issues of sexuality are addressed.

Oct 1, 2005 Issue
Lower- vs. Higher-Dose Estrogen for Contraception [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Although no difference in effectiveness has been demonstrated in existing trials, too few patients have been studied to detect small but clinically important differences in pregnancy rates. Low-dose estrogen pills have higher rates of discontinuation and bleeding disturbances.

Apr 15, 2005 Issue
Ethinyl Estradiol/Levonorgestrel (Seasonale) for Oral Contraception [STEPS]

Women using ethinyl estradiol/levonorgestrel can expect similar or improved effectiveness and fewer menstrual cycles. Due in part to an increased incidence of unexpected bleeding in the first six months of use, a greater percentage of women will discontinue this regimen than will those using standard oral contraceptives.

Jan 1, 2005 Issue
Insertion and Removal of Intrauterine Devices [Article]

The intrauterine device (IUD) is an effective contraceptive for many women. The copper-releasing IUD can be used for 10 years before replacement and is a good choice for women who cannot, or choose not to, use hormone-releasing contraceptives. However, some women experience an increase in menstrual ...

Jan 1, 2005 Issue
Hormonal Contraceptives and Weight Gain [Cochrane for Clinicians]

There is no causal relationship between combination contraceptives and weight gain.

Oct 15, 2004 Issue
Pregnancy Prevention in Adolescents [Article]

Although the pregnancy rate in adolescents has declined steadily in the past 10 years, it remains a major public health problem with lasting repercussions for the teenage mothers, their infants and families, and society as a whole. Successful strategies to prevent adolescent pregnancy include commun...

Aug 15, 2004 Issue
Emergency Contraception [Article]

Women can use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected failure of birth control or after unprotected intercourse. Many patients do not ask for emergency contraception because they do not know of its availability. Emergency contraception has been an off-label use of oral ...

May 15, 2004 Issue
Ethinyl Estradiol/Drospirenone (Yasmin): A Newer Oral Contraceptive [STEPS]

An effective oral contraceptive, ethinyl estradiol/drospirenone can elevate potassium levels when given in combination with other potassium-elevating agents and offers no advantage over traditional oral contraceptives.

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