oa Professional Nursing Today - Contraception for first-time users : a problem-orientated guide to product selection and safe prescription : family planning

Volume 10, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



Contraceptive choices today are numerous - especially in the category of hormonal contraception. New options with regard to delivery systems and new progestogens with novel side-effect profiles have expanded the choices for first-time users. It is possible to find a contraceptive to suit every patient's individual needs, with added benefits such as cycle control, relief of dysmenorrhoea, and treatment for acne. A thorough understanding of the patient's needs and circumstances (taking into account the first and third world setting in South Africa) is necessary. A holistic approach must be followed, and individualising each patient will aid in compliance and continuing medical input and care well into her reproductive years, until such time when she plans her first child and thereafter.

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