You are on clinic call. A 19yo woman calls asking for advice. She finished her last pack of birth control pills two weeks ago and did not pick up a refill. Last night she had sex with her boyfriend without using contraception. She does not wish to be pregnant. What can you recommend to reduce her risk of pregnancy?
OCPs are the most popular form of contraception overall. How effective are they? What are the contraindications? What should patients do if they miss a dose?
“Putting unintended pregnancies on LARC down” – Dr Berk
To understand how estrogen/progestin-based contraception works, we need to review the roles these hormones have in the menstrual cycle.