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Intermediate-acting combined hormonal contraception

Intermediate-acting combined hormonal contraception

From this pharmacy CPD module you will learn about:

  • How intermediate-acting combined hormonal non-oral contraceptives work
  • When and how these contraceptives are used
  • Side effects and situations when they might not be suitable
  • Sources of advice and support to help women in their decision-making regarding alternatives to oral hormonal contraceptives.

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here.

Intermediate-acting hormonal contraceptives include the transdermal patch and the vaginal ring. Advantages of both are that they:(1,2)

  • are easy to use; patches only require changing once a week and rings monthly
  • do not interrupt sex
  • are not affected by vomiting and diarrhoea
  • are associated with periods that are more regular, lighter and less painful, and can help with premenstrual symptoms
  • may reduce the risk of ovarian, womb and bowel

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