Upon completion of the chapter the reader will be able to

1. Discuss the physiology of the normal female reproductive system.

2. Compare the efficacy of oral contraceptives with that of other methods of contraception.

3. State the mechanism of action of hormonal contraceptives.

4. Discuss the risks associated with the use of contraceptives, and state absolute and relative contraindications to their use.

5. List side effects associated with the use of various contraceptives, and recommend strategies for minimizing or eliminating such side effects.

6. Describe advantages and disadvantages of various contraceptives, including both oral and nonoral formulations.

7. Cite important drug interactions that may occur with oral contraceptives.

8. Provide appropriate patient education regarding the important differences between various barrier methods of contraception.

9. Discuss how emergency contraception (EC) may be employed to prevent accidental pregnancy.

10. Provide appropriate patient education regarding the use of oral contraceptives, and recommend and discuss the use of nonoral contraceptives when appropriate.

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