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158817 - Contraceptive choices - Addressing patient concerns around long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)

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The CHOICE (2011) study found that long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) method of contraception was chosen by 67% of women, when they were presented with all birth control options, starting with those with the strongest evidence of effectiveness. 
This 1hr Category 2 activity, will describe the different LARCs available, methods for engaging and counselling patients on contraceptive options. Review the advantages and disadvantages, and side effects of LARCs options to match the individual patients health and lifestyle needs.

Relevance to General Practice

Evidence from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (2017) show that up to 50% of pregnancies in Australia are unintended, and approximately one in six women in their thirties has had an abortion. Uptake of LARCs in Australia has been low, and the rate of unintended pregnancies could be significantly reduced if access to LARC methods is improved. GPs play a key role in assisting contraceptive decision-making, including, counselling patients on the full range of contraceptive options, stating the advantages and disadvantages of each including risks and side-effects, efficacy, adherence rates, and costs.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the different LARCs available and know the advantages and disadvantages of each, and be able to effectively contraceptive options
  • Engage patients in a meaningful conversation regarding their contraceptive needs and concerns, including when LARCs are (and are not) appropriate
  • Confidently offer contraceptive choices which match the individual patient’s health needs and lifestyle, including younger patients
  • Counsel patients on risks, side-effects, potential benefits of LARCs and provide information about potential management strategies for troublesome side-effects

    158817 - Contraceptive choices - Addressing patient concerns around long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)
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