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CPD Module: Contraception

We review the different types of contraception.

After completing this module, you should be more aware of:

  • the context for increasing availability of contraception via community pharmacy;
  • the extent and cost of oral contraceptive prescribing and how it is changing;
  • the increasing use of the progestogen-only pill or minipill;
  • concerns over the decline in long-acting reversible contraception (LARC);
  • socio-economic differences in contraceptive use and outcomes;
  • the relative effectiveness of various contraceptive methods;
  • physiological effects of hormonal contraceptives;
  • considerations for selecting a contraceptive method;
  • considerations when discussing LARCs;
  • the support for reclassifying desogestrel as an over the counter medicine
  • recent data on cancer risk associated with hormonal contraception.
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