Contraception

Long-acting reversible contraception effective in nulliparous adolescents

Long-acting reversible contraception effective in nulliparous adolescents

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LARC is safe and effective in nulliparous adolescents and should be considered as a viable alternative to oral contraception.

Oral contraceptives increase surgery risk for women with Crohn disease

Oral contraceptives increase surgery risk for women with Crohn disease

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Women with Crohn disease who use oral contraceptives for more than 1 year have an increased risk of surgery.

Levonorgestrel, low-dose estrogen associated with lower risk for adverse vascular events among oral contraceptives

Levonorgestrel, low-dose estrogen associated with lower risk for adverse vascular events among oral contraceptives

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Compared with other estrogen doses and progestogen types, low-dose estrogen with levonorgestrel had a decreased risk of adverse events.

What in the world is Vasalgel?

What in the world is Vasalgel?

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A form of male birth control called Vasalgel, which works by injecting a polymer gel into the vas deferens, is being developed in the United States.

FDA to require Black Box warning for Essure birth control device

FDA to require Black Box warning for Essure birth control device

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The agency will require Bayer to conduct clinical studies examining the device's benefits and harms.

More reader comments on ethical issues regarding use of IUDs

More reader comments on ethical issues regarding use of IUDs

More readers weigh in on the ethical issues surrounding the use of intrauterine devices.

Oregon becomes first state to offer birth control without a prescription

Oregon becomes first state to offer birth control without a prescription

Starting January 1, the state of Oregon no longer requires a prescription for birth control for women 18 years of age and older.

Ethical concerns with IUDs


Ethical concerns with IUDs


For women who are pro-life advocates, copper IUD devices that prevent fertilization may be an acceptable alternative.

More Medicaid plans are now 
covering post-delivery IUDs

More Medicaid plans are now 
covering post-delivery IUDs

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Expanding Medicaid coverage will allow more low-income women the choice to get an IUD implant immediately after birth.

More Medicaid plans covering post-delivery IUDs

More Medicaid plans covering post-delivery IUDs

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More Medicaid plans are offering reimbursement for women who choose to get long-term contraception implants immediately after giving birth.

The IUD rumor mill: Common misconceptions

The IUD rumor mill: Common misconceptions

Disseminating accurate information can help women make informed decisions and potentially increase the overall use of intrauterine devices.

Obesity linked to lower contraception use in teen girls

Obesity linked to lower contraception use in teen girls

Although they have sex with the same frequency as other girls, obese teens are less likely to use contraception.

Newer contraceptive pills may have higher clot risks

Newer contraceptive pills may have higher clot risks

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Women taking contraceptive pills that contain newer types of progestogen have higher clot risks.

Debunking contraception myths may lower unplanned pregnancy rates

Debunking contraception myths may lower unplanned pregnancy rates

Nearly 87 million women face an unplanned pregnancy due to the underuse of contraception each year,.

Recommendations for improving access to contraception issued

Recommendations for improving access to contraception issued

Barriers include knowledge deficits, cost and insurance coverage, unnecessary medical testing.

IUDs, implants gaining popularity

IUDs, implants gaining popularity

The pill is still the most popular birth control method of choice.

Many insurers still don't cover long-term birth control

Many insurers still don't cover long-term birth control

Nearly 40% of women do not have access to free long-acting contraceptives.

IUDs, contraceptive implants recommended for teenage girls

IUDs, contraceptive implants recommended for teenage girls

IUDs and contraceptive implants are more reliable compared with condoms and should be the first type of contraception pediatricians recommend for non-abstinent teenage girls.

An update on long-term 
contraception methods

An update on long-term 
contraception methods

With increased insurance for contraceptives, more providers will be called upon to guide women toward the most suitable extended-use options.

High-dose estrogen contraception ups breast CA risk

High-dose estrogen contraception ups breast CA risk

Elevated risk observed with recent use of contraceptives involving high-dose estrogen, but not for low-dose estrogen oral contraceptives.

Supreme court ruling puts gynecologic cancer prevention at risk

Supreme court ruling puts gynecologic cancer prevention at risk

SCOTUS decision in Hobby Lobby case reaches beyond contraception.

Motivational interviewing helped a teen practice safe sex

Motivational interviewing helped a teen practice safe sex

Sometimes patients just need to hear their own stories out loud to help make better choices.

Addressing teen pregnancy in a school-based health center

Addressing teen pregnancy in a school-based health center

A new program that focused on education both male and female patients about contraception decreased pregnancy rates in an inner-city school.

Why was the AAPA MIA on recent SCOTUS decision?

Why was the AAPA MIA on recent SCOTUS decision?

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The AAPA has been notably absent in discussing politically-charged health care issues.

Merck offers $100 million settlement in NuvaRing lawsuits

Merck offers $100 million settlement in NuvaRing lawsuits

Merck was accused of selling NuvaRing even though it knew the device put them at higher risk for blood clots than products from other companies.

Pharmacies often misinform patients about Plan B

Pharmacies often misinform patients about Plan B

Confusion about changing emergency contraception regulations may contribute to incorrect information about access.

Bedsider.org offers fresh approach to birth control

Bedsider.org offers fresh approach to birth control

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This public service campaign keeps young women up-to-date on contraception choices in a tech-savy, nonjudgmental manner.

FDA approves OTC single-pill Plan B

FDA approves OTC single-pill Plan B

Women of childbearing potential, regardless of age, are now able to purchase Plan B One-Step without a prescription.

The facts about Plan B

The facts about Plan B

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As the laws regulating emergency contraception change, make sure you know the facts and are educating your patients.

Obama administration drops appeal for age limit on OTC Plan B

Obama administration drops appeal for age limit on OTC Plan B

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Plan B One-Step is expected to reach drugstore shelves in coming weeks, after the FDA approves a supplemental application from drug maker Teva.

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