Women's health

Combined oral contraceptives: the GP consultation

Kathleen McNamee, Deborah Bateson, Suzanne Pearson



The consultation with a woman requesting contraception is most often straightforward. However, some important details must be considered to decide on the most appropriate type.

Article Extract

The uptake of the combined oral contraceptive (COC) is about 33% among Australian women using contraception.1 This article focuses on the GP consultation for women who have chosen to initiate or continue a particular type of contraceptive. Although this consultation is often straightforward, several issues need to be considered (Box 1).

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