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Name 3 reasons for taking contraception

Stop babies
Reduce STI transmission (for some options)
Reduce symptoms associated with menstrual cycle (for some options)


Name 3 types of behavioural contraceptive methods, and how effective they are (typically and perfectly)

Withdrawal (73 - 96% effective)
Periodic abstinence (no sex or condom from 5 days before to 2 days after ovulation - 74 - 88% effective)
Lactational amenorrhoea (95 - 98% effective) - has to breastfeed exclusively, and only up to 6 months postpartum and if completely amenorrheic.


Name 3 types of barrier contraceptives

Male condom
Female condom
Diaphragm/cervical cap


Name 4 non-contraceptive benefits to hormonal contraception

Improve menorrhagia and dysmenorrhoea
Improve symptoms of endometriosis
Improve menstrual migraines
Improve Fe-deficiency anaemia


Name 3 other non-contraceptive benefits specific to the combined OCP

Can improve acne, hirsutism, PCOS, osteoporosis and some cancers (ovarian, endometrial, colorectal)


How does the combined OCP work as a contraceptive?

Contains oestrogen (suppresses FSH = reduced ovulation) and progesterone (suppresses LH and thickens cervical mucus to stop sperm getting to egg)


Go through the missed pill rule for the OCP

If the pill is less than 24 hours late (less than 48 hours from last pill), then take it immediately and then take the next one at the usual time

If it's more than 24 hours late, then still take it straight away, and the next one at the usual time.


If it's been less than 7 days since the last placebo break, consider taking the emergency contraceptive if you've had sex in the last 5 days (because the cumulative oestrogen levels from less than 7 days of pills isn't enough to guarantee contraception)

And, if it's less than 7 days until next placebo break, skip the placebos and go straight to the active pills (otherwise there's a chance of getting pregnant during the placebo window)


What is 1 other situation where the missed pill rule applies, even if they haven't missed a pill?

If they have gastro (vomiting and diarrhoea = less pill absorbed)


Name 5 SE of combined OCP

Breakthrough bleeding and nausea, usually only when first starting
Mild weight gain (1-2kg max)
Drug interactions (especially anti-convulsants, increases hepatic metabolism of oestrogen)
Increased risk of VTEs, cervical and breast cancer


Name 7 absolute C/I to combined OCP

Current breast cancer
Severe HT (> 160/100)
Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding (? cervical Ca)
Past or current IHD, stroke, valvular heart disease, DVT
Severe liver pathology (cirrhosis, cancer)
Over 35 and > 15 cigs/day
APLS antibodies - clot risk
Migraine with aura


How does the progestin only contraceptive pill work? Is it's primary action on ovulation? Why/why not?

Mostly by thickening cervical mucus, and by thinning lining of endometrium (decreases egg implantation). Has variable affect on ovulation - 40% of women will continue to ovulate on progestin-only pill


What is the rule for missing a progestin-only pill?

Cervical mucus starts to thin after 27 hours = can only delay taking pill by 3 hours


Name 3 SE of progestin-only pill

Spotting, headaches, hair/skin change, depression, poor libido


Name 2 other forms of progestin contraceptive (besides pill and Mirena)

Depo-Provera (injection)
Implanon (implant)


What is the main SE of the Implanon?

Unpredictable bleeding - can become amenorrhoeic (20%), irregular bleeds (60%) or heavy menstrual bleeding (20%)


How do IUDs work? Name 2 benefits of any IUD over the combined OCP. Name 3 general SEs of any IUD

Prevents fertilisation (sperm and egg meeting)
Benefits - long acting, reversible, able to be used if oestrogen C/I
SE - uterine perforation, expulsion, infection


What is the non-hormonal IUD? How long does it last? Main SE?

Copper IUD - 10-12 years. SE - heavier, painful periods


What is the hormonal IUD? How long does it last? Name 1 other potential benefit over contraception. Name 3 C/Is

Mirena (progestin) IUD - 5-7 years, replaced after 5. Benefit - amenorrhoea in 50% of people. C/I if current STI, hormone dependent Ca,


What is the emergency contraception option? How long after unprotected sex does it work?

High dose (1.5g instead of 30mg) progestin-only pill (levonogesterol). Works for 5 days after, but gets less effective each day