112280 - AFP Clinical Challenge October 2017: Contraception
- : Online
To provide guidance for the general practitioner in advising women on contraceptive choicesRelevance to General Practice
Long-acting reversible contraceptives are recommended in the US and UK as first-line contraception in nulliparous women.1,2 In Australia, however, uptake of this method remains low,3 as women and GPs consider oral contraceptives to be the method of choice.4,5 The copper intrauterine device is a reliable and effective method of emergency contraception but remains underused because knowledge about this method and access to skilled providers is lacking.6–8 Irregular bleeding can occur as a secondary effect of contraceptives, but it is important the GPs consider other underlying causes. The October issue of AFP reviews the different contraceptive methods currently available for women, to provide guidance for GPs in advising their patients on contraceptive choices.
Refs on file