Conclusion

Many contraceptive methods are available to patients, and physicians should routinely counsel patients interested in contraception. Information and facts should be provided in an impartial, culturally sensitive, and customized manner, with the final decision made by the patient with support from the physician. Frequent follow-up and questioning about side effects and satisfaction with the chosen contraceptive method ensure an informed and involved patient.

References

The complete reference list is available online at www.expertconsult.com.

Web Resources

www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/

Good examples of educational pamphlets for patients that providers can order. Can be ordered from providers http://oregon.gov/DHS/ph/fp/edmat.shtml

Posters, brochures and fact sheets on contraceptive methods. Sent for free to offices. Can be downloaded www.apgo.org/elearn/modules/cpcm/

Monograph and learning module about counseling on and management of contraception from the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Website for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals - an excellent source of information and references on many reproductive health topics. www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/family_planning/en/ index.html

World Health Organization website featuring publications in the area of family planning. www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr59e0528.pdf

The document on this website provides the latest (2010) U.S. medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use.

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