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Family Planning with Hormonal Contraception

December 17, 2010

A number of new methods for family planning have been introduced in recent years expanding women’s choices. Health care providers, including obstetrician–gynecologists, primary care physicians, and nurse practitioners can help women determine the method that is best for them, given their health histories, future reproductive plans, and lifestyles.

A number of new methods for family planning have been introduced in recent years expanding women’s choices. Health care providers, including obstetrician–gynecologists, primary care physicians, and nurse practitioners can help women determine the method that is best for them, given their health histories, future reproductive plans, and lifestyles.

All hormonal contraceptives contain progestin alone or estrogen plus a progestin. These hormones are synthetic modifications of the hormones naturally secreted by the ovaries. They are modified so that they remain active when taken by mouth, so that they are potent enough to serve as contraceptives, and so that they have less severe unwanted effects. I will discuss the various methods in four parts: ‘progestin only’ methods, combined hormonal methods and then intrauterine contraception (IUC) and emergency contraception.

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