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112280 - AFP Clinical Challenge October 2017: Contraception

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To provide guidance for the general practitioner in advising women on contraceptive choices

Relevance 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. 
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Learning outcomes
  • Summarise the latest information on using long-acting reversible contraceptives as first-line contraception in young women
  • Describe a practical approach to the investigation and management of altered vaginal bleeding patterns in women using various methods of contraception
  • Discuss the medical and practical complexities in managing contraceptive needs that may result in oral contraception being the most appropriate choice
  • Describe the indications, efficacy and contraindications for use of the three emergency contraceptive methods available in Australia
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    112280 - AFP Clinical Challenge October 2017: Contraception
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