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February 1, 2012

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  • New develoment: More women report making the move to LARC

    While pills remain a popular birth control choice, more women are selecting long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), say respondents to the 2011 Contraceptive Technology Update Contraception Survey. More than 80% of respondents say they have seen an increase in LARC methods.
  • Set to change: Patch, drospirenone OC labels

    New labeling is being eyed regarding increased risks for blood clots for the contraceptive patch and combined oral contraceptives (COCs) containing the progestin drospirenone (DRSP) following recommendations from joint votes from two Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committees.
  • OTC access to EC blocked — What's next?

    Almost 75% of respondents to the Contraceptive Technology Update 2011 Contraception Survey say they provide advance provision of emergency contraception (EC).
  • Readers speak out on status of the Pill

    While combined oral contraceptives (OCs) remain a leading choice for contraception, other methods are making their mark. About 38% of respondents to the 2011 Contraceptive Technology Update Contraception Survey said more than half of their patients use OCs, a drop from 2010's 42% level.
  • How do you use OCs? Clinicians share tips

    A woman comes into your office and says she wants to use an oral contraceptive (OC) for birth control. After confirming that she is a good candidate for the method, when do you start her on her first pack of pills?
  • Teen Topics: Teen OC use is more than contraception

    Combination oral contraceptives (OCs) are the most common form of hormonal contraception used by sexually active females ages 15-19, with 56% of this group reporting ever having used OCs, and 30% reporting use at last intercourse.