This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Discuss the initiation timing and back-up contraceptive requirements of combined hormonal contraceptives
2. Manage clinical scenarios where women are switching from other contraceptives, including IUDs to combined hormonal contraceptives
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.5 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.
The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The OBG Project planners and others have nothing to disclose.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from Feb 19 2019 through 07/15/2023, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the test and evaluation. Upon registering and successfully completing the test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 0.4 contact hours.
Designated for 0.2 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.
Combined hormonal contraceptives contain both estrogen and a progestin. This contraceptive category includes combined oral contraceptives, transdermal patches and vaginal rings. They are effective when taken as directed, reversible and can be used by women of all ages. It is important to alert women that they will not protect against STDs and other preventative measures will be required to protect against infections. The following assumes there are no contraindications to estrogen component (e.g., breast cancer, hyperlipidemia, liver disease etc.). Only BP is “essential and mandatory” and when BP cannot be measured by a provider, a measurement obtained in other setting can be reported by the woman to her provider. The following are highlights from the CDC recommendations on initiation:
CDC Criteria to determine with ‘reasonable certainty’ that woman is not pregnant (≥1 of the following)
There may be times there is uncertainty whether a woman is pregnant. According to the CDC, “the benefits of starting combined hormonal contraceptives likely exceed any risk; therefore, starting combined hormonal contraceptives should be considered at any time, with a follow-up pregnancy test in 2–4 weeks.” In a situation where a woman needs to use additional contraceptive protection when making the switch to combined hormonal contraception, consider continuing previous contraceptive methods for 7 days after starting combined hormonal contraception
The following factors elevate risk of VTE sufficiently to classify as 3 or 4 and alternate methods should be used
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