CPD | Contraception in the over 40s

This was an updated guideline from the FSRH on contraception in the over 40s. It came out in Nov 17, but as it is so useful, I thought it worth doing a summary. There were a few things that were new for me: If women over 50 are amenorrheic AND using a progesterone only method…
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Post pregnancy contraception

This is a new guideline from the FSRH on contraception after pregnancy. There is nothing particularly new about specific methods, but there are a few new interesting points (including a reminder that the COC can be used when breastfeeding from 6 weeks after delivery). Contraceptive options should be discussed antenatally. Ideally the chosen method of…
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FSRH | Natural family planning for contraception

This is a new guideline from the FSRH on 'Fertility Awareness Methods' (FAM), otherwise known as 'Natural Family Planning'. I have had a couple of patients interested in this, so it is worth knowing about. Apparently 2% of women in the UK use FAM for contraception. There is also a bit on using the lactational…
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FSRH | Sayana Press licensed for self injection

This is a statement from the FSRH advising that Sayana Press is now licensed for self-injection. For more about Sayana Press see my plog. This is likely to be really popular with some women and to reduce the likelihood of missed or late injections. Patients need training on how to use it and need to…
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FSRH | Quick starting contraception after using ellaOne

The FSRH has released a statement regarding quick starting contraception after using ellaOne. Basically ellaOne has an impact on progesterone receptors and there is concern that it may reduce the effectiveness of progestogenic contraceptives. For this reason, the new advice is that hormonal contraception should not be started for at least 5 days after using…
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FSRH | Progesterone only pills (POP)

This is an updated guideline from the FSRH on POPs. There is little new, but I have summarised the bits I found interesting. Follow up Women can be given 12m worth at the initial visit. Using POP in people of higher weight There is no need to use more than one pill, regardless of the…
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