On August 10, 2018, the FDA approved two new contraceptive methods. Annovera is a one-year contraceptive vaginal ring and the NaturalCycles app is a mobile application (app) based fertility awareness tracker. This addition of two contraceptive options—and a new progestin(!)—is welcome news to both providers and patients. Here is what there is to know to better understand the mechanisms of action, efficacy, and patient counseling messages for both new methods.
Determining the location of very early pregnancies can be challenging. A recent ACOG treatment bulletin reminded that “pregnancy of unknown location should not be considered a diagnosis, rather it should be treated as a transient state and efforts should be made to establish a definitive diagnosis when possible.” That these pregnancies could be ectopic calls for a time-driven evaluation. In the new edition of Contraceptive Technology (in press), Maureen Baldwin and Alison Edelman write that serial measurements of hCG concentration
Combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) raise the greatest number of clin¬ical issues for patients in the perimenopausal age group, but they may also provide the greatest numbers of noncontraceptive benefits, according Amanda Black and Anita Nelson, writing in the soon to be published 21st edition of Contraceptive Technology. During the perimenopause, CHCs offer healthy candidates effective contraception as well as good cycle control (with the possibility of amenorrhea), decreased blood loss, treatment of vaso¬motor symptoms, at least partial protection against bone loss, and reduction in the risks of several cancers. These benefits must be weighed against additional health issues that can develop with age and that increase the risk of using an estrogen-containing contraceptive method.
Now available in a new 21st edition, this well-known text with more than 2 million copies in print has been the leading family planning resource... Read more
The “Contraceptive Technology” conferences will help you synthesize the data and translate the evidence into clinical “pearls” you can put directly into practice. With an array of Preconferences delving into selected specialty areas of interest, plenary sessions focusing on the “hottest” topics, a thought-provoking luncheon presentation, and 30 dynamic, interactive Concurrent Sessions, including hands-on workshops…this conference is certain to improve your clinical practice and expand your network of colleagues. Read more