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