American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting

American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting

April 20, 2018
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VIDEO: Remove barriers, simplify regimen to increase access to contraception

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NEW ORLEANS – Clinicians should target a regimen for birth control that is simple and medically appropriate to help cut down on the significant rate of unintended pregnancies, Pelin Batur, MD, NCMP, CCD, education director in primary care women’s health at the Cleveland Clinic, told Healio Family Medicine.

“With all contraceptives, when you put human error into it, the effectiveness goes down,” Batur said.

Another step practices can take to improve use of contraception is to recognize that screening for conditions such as sexually transmitted infections, breast cancer and cervical cancer, while important, are not prerequisites for starting contraception and could be a barrier to treatment, she said.  

For more information:

CDC Contraceptive Guidance for Health Care Providers. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/contraception/contraception_guidance.htm

Disclosure: Batur reports no relevant financial disclosures.