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Giving advice on short-acting contraception

By Sarah Pillai

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In a second article on contraception, Sarah Pillai focuses on short-acting contraceptives that are available from pharmacies


Two of the most commonly used contraceptives in the UK are condoms and the oral contraceptive pill. This is due to availability but also related to the knowledge of both the user and the healthcare professional.

When confronted with a request for “the pill” (or for advice on contraception), the healthcare professional should ensure that the he or she covers all the options and that the client leaves with a method that is fully suited to her needs.

Long-acting methods of reversible contraception were covered in a previous article (PJ, 10 October, pp389–92). This article looks at short-
acting methods.

Corrections & updates (19 February 2011)

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Sarah Pillai, DipGUM, MFFP, is a lead clinician at NHS Barnet. Dr Pillai is a consultant for Schering Plough and has received various honoraria from Bayer

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10983175

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