ACOG “How I Practice” Video Series: Contraceptive Counseling
As part of the ACOG "How I Practice" Video Series (ACOG members only), Eve Espey, MD, the College’s LARC Work Group Chair, shares her clinical approach to contraceptive counseling. At the start of the segment, Dr. Espey notes the high rate of unintended pregnancy in the U.S, and stresses the importance of “mentioning birth control at every single opportunity at every single visit” in lowering that rate. Dr. Espey goes on to advise fellow ob-gyns that the best way to help patients avoid an unintended pregnancy is to recommend the most effective contraceptive methods: IUDs and the contraceptive implant.
Contraceptive Counseling Resource Digest
The LARC Program compiled this list of resources highlighting approaches to contraceptive counseling, the management of side effects and contraceptive decision-making for women with coexisting medical conditions, practice resources and patient education materials, and contraceptive counseling, coercion, and reproductive justice.
Projects to Assess Bedsider in Ob–Gyn Practice
Can new technologies and online educational materials improve contraceptive care and ob-gyn practice efficiency? Thanks to support from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the College recently granted several awards to ACOG Fellows to explore these questions by implementing and assessing the use of the free, web-based contraceptive support tool Bedsider in ob–gyn practice. Click here to find out more about these projects and how you can apply their findings to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of contraceptive counseling in your practice.
National Women's Law Center: Expanding Health Coverage
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has published new resources to help patients navigate the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including FAQs on enrollment, a comprehensive resource guide on getting coverage for birth control, and guidance on what to do if an employer objects to providing birth control coverage. NWLC also operates the Pill4Us hotline (1-866-PILL4US or firstname.lastname@example.org) which assists women having difficulty accessing contraceptive coverage.
The contraceptive support website Bedsider has launched a special Bedsider Providers website designed for clinicians and others who provide sexual health information to young adults. Among the features of this site are a section with educational materials for order, interactive tools for setting up birth control and appointment reminders and finding a health clinic, shareable information and photos for use on your own website or in your practice, a “provider to provider" section with articles written by peers, with a “Bedsider Research” section highlighting findings from studies that have evaluated how Bedsider works for both patients and providers.
Bedsider and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) have also partnered to create a "My Provider" locator, a free web and mobile-friendly directory where women can find local providers who can insert an implant or an IUD. If you would like to add your information to the provider locator, click here to register.
CDC: US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use iPhone/iPad Application
This iPhone/iPad app from the CDC is based on the US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016 (US MEC) and gives providers an interactive way to access more than 1,800 recommendations for the safety of contraceptive methods among women and men with certain characteristics or medical conditions.
The ACOG Committee Opinion #505 (Reaffirmed 2014): Understanding and Using the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010 can also be a helpful aid in the understanding and use of the US MEC.
The resources listed above are for information purposes only. Referral to these sources and sites does not imply the endorsement of ACOG. Further, ACOG does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these web sites. These lists are not meant to be comprehensive. The exclusion of a source or site does not reflect the quality of that source or site. Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without notice.