BACKGROUND: Advice regarding contraception, the means of fertility regulation for millions of women, is part of a general practitioner's bread and butter work. The area is however, developing at a rapid pace with the refinement of hormonal methods and the development of new and easier modes of delivery. OBJECTIVE: This article will review the results of recent studies in the area of reproductive health that better clarify the critical issues in the prescription and use of contraceptives. It will also describe contraceptive products that will soon be available in Australia. DISCUSSION: General practitioners need to convey the results of this research to patients so that they may make informed contraceptive choices based on evidence. Patients should also be made aware of all of their contraceptive options as well as the availability of emergency contraceptives.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Australian Family Physician|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1998|