Patients with underlying chronic medical conditions can present a challenge for their providers. While the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria covers 60 medical conditions, some of those conditions fall in that gray zone requiring the weighing the advantages and disadvantages of a using contraceptive method. Yet other chronic medical conditions are not even listed in the U.S. MEC. So what is a reasonable strategy for dealing with decisions about using a contraceptive method when a patient has one of the conditions not covered? Co-authors Rebecca Allen and Carrie Cwiak take a clinical problem-solving approach to determining a contraceptive fit for patients with chronic health issues in their new chapter on Contraception for Women with Medical Conditions in the just-published edition of Contraceptive Technology.
While the expansion of information technology has created a digital universe of medical resources, finding the most reliable resource with the right information can be a challenge. Increases in the volume of digital information may have the opposite effect of decreasing the chances of finding the most appropriate source of information in the least amount of time. Beware of digital resources that do not necessarily receive oversight from experts and can vary widely in their quality. Unlike traditional print sources that have publishers and editors to ensure the quality of content, digital resources do not have the same controls.
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.
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