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164343 - New Choices in Oral Contraception – Dispelling Old Myths

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Evidence from The International Journal of Women's Health (2017) examining bleeding preferences and attitudes towards menstruation, showed that the majority of women prefer menstrual periods at a frequency of less than once monthly, with most women preferring three-monthly periods or none at all. 
This 1.5hr Category 2 activity, will describe the issues around heavy menstrual periods and patients preference for fewer periods, counsel patients about the differences between menstrual bleeds and withdrawal bleeds and how to educate patients about the safety of extended regimen of oral contraceptives.

Relevance to General Practice

Evidence from The International Journal of Women's Health (2017) examining bleeding preferences and attitudes towards menstruation, showed that the majority of women prefer menstrual periods at a frequency of less than once monthly, with most women preferring three-monthly periods or none at all. Furthermore, a 2019 United States study on oral contraceptive pills (Cooper et al 2019) revealed that approximately 14% of individuals use them for non-contraceptive purposes. COCPs have been shown to be highly effective not only with regards to contraception but also in their non-contraceptive benefits. 
General practitioners are also well placed to advise patients about potential risks and benefits associated with the COCP. In particular, taking a patient-centred approach to educating and advising patients the advantages, disadvantages, safety and efficacy of extended or continuous regimens.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the issues around heavy menstrual periods and patients’ preference for fewer periods
  • Counsel patients about the differences between menstrual bleeds and withdrawal bleeds, in the context of monthly and extended regimen oral contraceptives
  • Identify the benefits of oral contraceptives with consistent hormone levels
  • Educate patients about the safety of extended regimen of oral contraceptives with fewer periods
  • Delivery
    Title
    164343 - New Choices in Oral Contraception – Dispelling Old Myths
    Location
    Duration
    1.5 hours
    Start Date
    10-Jul-2019
    End Date
    31-Dec-2019
    CPD Points
    1.5 hours
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
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