Contraceptive options for women with preexisting medical conditions

Monica Dragoman, Anne Davis, Erika Banks

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Abstract

Most healthy women have normal pregnancies; however, even healthy women may experience serious morbidity during pregnancy. Women with chronic medical problems face increased pregnancy-related risks compared with their healthy peers. Planning pregnancy improves maternal and fetal outcomes; medical conditions can be stabilized, teratogens can be avoided, and early antenatal intervention and surveillance can be instituted. The safest and most effective forms of contraception should be offered to women with medical conditions. Overestimatation of risk associated with the use of contraception among clinicians and women limits access to effective contraception. Contraception decision making should include consideration of the risks and benefits of a given method vs. the consequences of an unintended pregnancy. Published guidelines can inform contraceptive management of women with chronic medical conditions. Patient counseling should focus on helping women understand the need for contraception while optimizing their health for pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-580
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

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Contraceptive Agents
Contraception
Pregnancy
Teratogens
Counseling
Decision Making
Mothers
Guidelines
Morbidity
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Contraceptive options for women with preexisting medical conditions. / Dragoman, Monica; Davis, Anne; Banks, Erika.

In: Journal of Women's Health, Vol. 19, No. 3, 01.03.2010, p. 575-580.

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Dragoman, Monica ; Davis, Anne ; Banks, Erika. / Contraceptive options for women with preexisting medical conditions. In: Journal of Women's Health. 2010 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 575-580.
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