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Combined Hormonal Contraception (CHC) Methods course for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
Medical Doctors
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

This session looks at the use of combined hormonal contraception (CHC) methods containing oestrogen and progestogen. It gives an overview of the advantages, disadvantages and possible side-effects, as well as how to counsel individuals wishing to commence or continue using CHC.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • 3.3.1 List the advantages and disadvantages of CHC methods
  • 3.3.2 Describe possible side-effects of CHC methods 
  • 3.3.3 List contraindications to CHC methods 
  • 3.3.4 Conduct an effective consultation with a woman considering a CHC, start methods of CHC safely 
  • 3.3.5 Conduct a safe repeat CHC consultation

CHC remains a popular choice of contraception in the UK. It is important that individuals are supported to make a fully informed decision on whether to commence CHC following discussion around the risks, benefits and potential side-effects of these methods. A full assessment should be undertaken to ensure the individual is eligible to commence CHC, followed by clear instructions on how to use her chosen method.

Instructors / Speakers
Fiona Baldwin,
Speciality Doctor in Genitourinary Medicine

Fiona qualified as a GP in 2005 and began work as a Staff Grade in Contraception and Sexual Health at the same time. She obtained her Letters of Competence in Subdermal Contraceptive Implant Techniques and Intrauterine Techniques and became a Faculty Registered Trainer in 2010. In 2017 she gained Membership of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Since 2009 she has also worked as a Speciality Doctor in Genitourinary Medicine. She continues to work both as a GP and as a Speciality Doctor for the integrated Northern Sexual Health, Contraception and HIV Service in Manchester.

Combined Hormonal Contraception (CHC) Methods course for Medical Doctors
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Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Sexual health
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