This statement reviews and summarises the available evidence regarding the effect of contraception on weight. Looking at each method individually, the FSRH CEU advises clinicians regarding proven and theoretical associations between contraceptive options and weight/BMI.
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FSRH CEU statement on antibiotic cover for urgent insertion of intrauterine contraception in women at high risk of STI (May 2019)
This statement provides guidance on antibiotic cover for urgent insertion of intrauterine contraception in women at high risk of STI. Download the full document here.
FSRH CEU Response to published study: Maternal use of hormonal contraception and risk of childhood leukemia: a nationwide, populate-based cohort study (September 2018)
A Danish database study suggests that children born to women who have used hormonal contraception (HC) in the three months prior to conception or in early pregnancy are at increased risk of developing childhood non-lymphoid leukaemia compared with children whose mothers have never used HC. The FSRH CEU provides a critical appraisal of the study in this statement.
FSRH CEU Statement: Combined oral contraceptive interference with the ability of ulipristal acetate to delay ovulation: A prospective cohort study (August 2018)
Evidence from new study supports the existing FSRH recommendation that commencement of hormonal contraception should be delayed for 5 days after UPA-EC. Published 28/8/2018.
Sexually active women of reproductive age with eating disorders require effective contraception despite the fact that amenorrhoea and anovulation are common in this population. This statement provides clinicians with a resource for best helping women with eating disorders choose the most appropriate and acceptable contraception for them. Download and save the document here.
FSRH CEU Statement to published systematic review: The relationship between progestin hormonal contraception and depression: a systematic review (March 2018)
Much recent media attention has been given to the subject of a potential association between hormonal contraception and depression. The FSRH CEU monitors and reports relevant emerging evidence. A new systematic review published in Contraception examines the existing evidence relating to risk of depression associated with use of progestogen-only contraception (POC).1 The authors of the review conclude that the bulk of the evidence does not support an association between use of POC and depression based on validated measures. Meta-analysis was not possible due to the heterogeneity of studies.
FSRH CEU response to European Medicines Agency recommendations regarding use of ulipristal acetate for management of uterine fibroids (February 2018)
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently reviewing the safety of use of Esmya® (ulipristal acetate) for management of uterine fibroids. This review follows reports of a very small number of cases worldwide of serious liver injury in women using Esmya. Until the review process is complete, temporary restrictions have been placed on commencing treatment with Esmya and guidelines for monitoring liver function in women already taking Esmya have been introduced. The EMA recommendations are available at: http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/news_and_events/news/2018/02/news_detail_002902.jsp&mid=WC0b01ac058004d5c1
FSRH CEU Statement: Contraception for women using known teratogenic drugs or drugs with potential teratogenic effects (February 2018)
This statement provides guidance on contraceptive options for women taking (or whose male partners are taking) known teratogenic drugs or drugs with potential teratogenic effects. Download the full document and save.
FSRH CEU Statement: Response to Study: Intrauterine Contraception Use and Cervical Cancer Risk (January 2018)
This statement responds to a recent study that reported that women who had used intrauterine contraception (IUC) were over one third less likely to experience invasive cervical cancer than women who had not used IUC. The study has received media attention and the FSRH CEU considered it important to put the findings into perspective. January 2018
FSRH CEU Statement: Response to Study Contemporary Hormonal Contraception and the Risk of Breast Cancer (December 2017)
FSRH's Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) reviews an observational study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study reports that, in the Danish study population, women who were currently using any method of hormonal contraception* (HC) or had done so within the last 6 months were 20% more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those who had never used HC.