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Combined hormonal contraception

Myths & Facts About Hormonal Contraception

Is taking the pill associated with fewer health risks than pregnancy?

Answer: Only 4%strongly agreed!

Misperceptions about pills & pregnancy!

  • Women appear to overestimate the risk of hormonal contraception and underestimate the risk of pregnancy
  • They might not be aware of any additional non-contraceptive benefits

Strategies to improve adherence, acceptability, continuance of hormonal methods of contraception and to prevent unwanted pregnancies

  • Increase access to hormonal contraception
  • Dispel myths and misperceptions about hormonal contraception
  • Raise awareness and knowledge about additional benefits of hormonal contraception
  • Improve prescribing practice
    • Improve physicians knowledge
    • Structured counseling including the choice to choose

Making evidence from studies in practice

  • Acne
  • Weight
  • Cardiovascular events
  • Cancer

Using hormonal contraceptives leads to future infertility

Studies confirm that hormonal contraceptive does not lead to infertility

  • When taking hormonal contraceptives, return to ovulation can occur as quickly as 2 weeks after cessation of the contraception1
  • Advancing age plays a role in infertility2
    • A woman’s fertility peaks between the ages of 20 and 30/li>
    • After 30, fertility slowly declines until menopause
    • Because a woman may not have tried to become pregnant before, she may not have been aware of any infertility issues

1 Hatcher RA, Trussel Nelson AL, Cates W Jr. Stewart F, Kowal Contraceptve Technology. 19th Ed. New York, NY: Ardent Media: 2007
2 Wilson JR, Carrington ER, Ledger WJ, eds. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 7th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby 1983.

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