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.
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
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'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.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has decided not to update their 2005 guidance on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) at this time because changes to the current recommendations are not required.
This statement provides guidance on contraceptive choices for transgender and non-binary people and their partners, who are engaging in vaginal sex where there is a risk of pregnancy. The statement also offers general sexual health advice for these groups.
This statement summarises the available evidence regarding how contraception may affect a woman’s weight and how a woman’s weight may affect contraceptive efficacy. Looking at each method individually, the CEU advises clinicians on what proven and theoretical associations exist between contraception and weight.
This statement aims to encourage the consistent and safe management of women requesting intrauterine contraception (IUC) and subdermal implants (SDI) who are taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet medications. It is primarily aimed at clinicians working in primary care and community sexual and reproductive health clinics.
Change of UKMEC category for use of progestogen-only injectable contraception by women at high risk of HIV infection from UKMEC1 to UKMEC2
A short documentary hosted on the Guardian website highlights some fatal cases of venous thrombosis that were associated with use of combined hormonal contraception.