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Hormonal Contraception Prescribing

Welcome to our Hormonal Contraception Prescribing section! We provide comprehensive information on hormonal contraception options, benefits, side effects, and the prescribing process. Our goal is to empower healthcare professionals with the knowledge they need to offer the best care to their patients.

Hormonal contraception has revolutionized family planning, offering individuals greater control over their reproductive health. These methods use synthetic hormones to prevent pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation, thickening cervical mucus, and altering the uterine lining.

Types of Hormonal Contraception:

  1. Combined Oral Contraceptives (COCs): Pills containing synthetic estrogen and progestin.

  2. Progestin-Only Pills (POPs): Also known as the mini-pill, containing only progestin.

  3. Contraceptive Patch: A small adhesive patch releasing synthetic hormones through the skin.

  4. Contraceptive Vaginal Ring: A flexible ring inserted into the vagina, releasing synthetic hormones.

  5. Injectable Contraceptives: Progestin-only injections administered every three months.

  6. Hormonal Intrauterine Devices (IUDs): T-shaped devices inserted into the uterus, releasing progestin locally.

Prescribing Hormonal Contraception: Prescribing involves assessing medical history, lifestyle factors, and personal preferences to determine the best method. Healthcare professionals discuss benefits, side effects, and contraindications. Factors like age, smoking, and medications are considered.

Monitoring and Follow-up: Regular appointments monitor effectiveness, address concerns, and provide support. Patients' participation and communication are encouraged.


Safety and Side Effects: While generally safe, hormonal contraception has potential side effects like breakthrough bleeding, breast tenderness, and mood changes. Serious complications are rare. Educating patients on recognizing and reporting adverse effects is crucial.


Informed Consent: Patients should understand the chosen method, its benefits, limitations, and potential side effects. Their autonomy and ability to ask questions should be respected.


Conclusion: We aim to provide accurate information and guidance on hormonal contraception prescribing, enabling healthcare professionals to offer the best care to their patients.